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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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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.


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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  -For all the teachers at DU.... one_voice  Aug-20-10 11:49 AM   #0 
  - Is that what teaching to the test means? Every other question is avoided as irrelevant? I  dkf   Aug-20-10 11:59 AM   #1 
  - I don't know if that's what it....  one_voice   Aug-20-10 12:20 PM   #4 
     - My ninth grade English teacher had us diagram sentences from James Joyce.  immoderate   Aug-20-10 01:48 PM   #10 
  - We've had "Final Exams" since forever. Standardized-Test makers ask that all individuality be tamped  WinkyDink   Aug-20-10 12:09 PM   #2 
  - Exactly! Although, NOW, pay raises have little to do with it,  Fire1   Aug-20-10 12:20 PM   #3 
  - I hope you didn't think I was...  one_voice   Aug-20-10 12:29 PM   #5 
  - There should be and always will be testing....  Smarmie Doofus   Aug-20-10 01:07 PM   #6 
  - Teaching to the test may be new but learning to the test is not  Recursion   Aug-20-10 01:21 PM   #7 
  - Yes, your post helped....  one_voice   Aug-20-10 02:39 PM   #11 
  - If the test adequately reflects the curriculum, teaching to the test sounds great  Recursion   Aug-20-10 01:26 PM   #8 
  - I teach at a college and I can tell you the end result of the policy:  kiva   Aug-20-10 01:36 PM   #9 
  - It would seem to be simple to me...  YankmeCrankme   Aug-20-10 04:19 PM   #16 
     - Different profs approach this situation in their own ways,  kiva   Aug-20-10 06:06 PM   #20 
  - Anyone working in education today knows what it means.  wcast   Aug-20-10 03:37 PM   #12 
  - Thank you...  one_voice   Aug-20-10 04:06 PM   #14 
  - Please know my rant wasn't directed at you :)  wcast   Aug-20-10 04:47 PM   #19 
  - Nice post.....this paragraph is quite true.  madfloridian   Aug-20-10 04:08 PM   #15 
     - And I thought those tests were to make Neil Bush rich.  midnight   Aug-20-10 06:42 PM   #22 
  - One teacher's perspective:  montanto   Aug-20-10 04:06 PM   #13 
  - "Then why are there few Brazilian physicists of note?"  ieoeja   Aug-20-10 04:23 PM   #17 
  - Teaching to the test is almost the norm these days,  MadHound   Aug-20-10 04:37 PM   #18 
  - Thank you..  one_voice   Aug-20-10 06:55 PM   #23 
  - To anyone trying to make sense of this, as I am, I recommend...  YvonneCa   Aug-20-10 06:36 PM   #21 
  - In the words of Smokey Robinson, "I second that Emotion."  Smarmie Doofus   Aug-21-10 07:54 AM   #24 
     - YAaaaY, Smokey!!!  YvonneCa   Aug-21-10 12:14 PM   #26 
  - "Teaching to the test" may be effective for adult students prepping for a CPA exam,  DailyGrind51   Aug-21-10 08:12 AM   #25 

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