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one_voice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 11:49 AM
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For all the teachers at DU....
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I have a question. The news was on, I wasn't paying much attention, but my son was sitting here watching and out of no where he says "teaching to test was the worst thing they ever did".

So I asked why he thought that (mind you he never said anything while in school)he said, that teaching that wasn't a good way to prepare for college. He said often, students would ask about something and the teacher would say "don't worry about that it's not on the test". He said not all teachers would do that, but many did. He said he thought there were lots of things left out that were important just because it wasn't on the test.

He said it wasn't fair to teachers or students. But like I said many teachers would teach more than what was on the test.

As teachers do you have many students that feel this way of teaching isn't a good thing? And is my understanding that teachers don't like it either correct?

I was really surprised to my son say that. And it made me wonder how many other students feel that way.

Shouldn't there be some kind of testing to make sure kids are learning? I'm not a teacher so I don't know. I know we need to make sure at risk students and students that need a little extra help don't fall through the cracks, what I don't know is how we go about doing that.

Like I said I'm not a teacher, so your opinion (and that of students/parents) is who I want ideas from.

Thanks.

p.s. and it would be greatly appreciated if you'd just over look my horrible grammar and writing skills. :blush:

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