Are schools pushing our kids too hard, testing too much?

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30 Votes

I absolutely think there is too much focus on "testing high" and not enough on actually teaching the kids. My son's kindergarten teacher lamented to me she missed being able to teach her kids. Now everything is focused around what is "on the tests"

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Heather A added this item on October 31, 2010

Heather A commented on October 31, 2010 - The problem is teachers being pushed to teach so kids score high, not so they are actually receiving a good education. If it's not on the test - it doesn't matter. Our kids are suffering for our own desires to track progress.

Sarah D voted on November 3, 2010

Kitty B voted on November 17, 2010

Tiffaney M voted on November 17, 2010

Sheryl Z commented on November 23, 2010 - Have you heard about this film? http://www.racetonowhere.com/ It's about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers. They are screening it all over the nation. Perhaps the tide is turning. :)

Samantha K voted on November 23, 2010

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Adrienne W voted on March 30, 2011

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Ami S voted on April 1, 2011

Angela G TX voted on April 1, 2011

Angela G TX commented on April 2, 2011 - I teach high school, and agree completely that way too much focus is on testing, but I don't think they are being pushed too hard. Students need to be challenged, and we need to give them tools to meet those challenges. Testing is taking up all our time.

Mommyof4 voted on April 29, 2011

Erika L voted on July 13, 2011

MU Tiger Mom voted on July 18, 2011

Jessica H voted on September 19, 2011

CBSG247 voted on September 20, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Opt out of the standardized testing in K.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

greenearthbazaar voted on February 25, 2012

greenearthbazaar commented on February 25, 2012 - You're absolutely right. Far too much time is being spent on teaching children to take tests at the expense of giving them a well-rounded, useful education. It's a waste of time and ONLY about funding.

hoodmama4 commented on March 8, 2012 - yes sometimes i think school is depressing my teenager, its just so complicated now and days.

Nadine B voted on April 14, 2012

Randi L commented on April 16, 2012 - Not only are these exams ridiculously expensive but they are doing more harm then good to our children's educational experience! The drop out rate has increased significantly, PE Art and Music have been cut and most of Congress could not pass these exams!

Courtney W voted on May 30, 2012

Calebsmum voted on June 9, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Our friends on the right like "business" approach, "measurable" results. Liberals tell us how wonderful Native Americans were and that Columbus was no good, cancel his celebration. Feminized K-12 system loves "creative" writing, no hard science, etc.

J S voted on January 27, 2013

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Beth voted on May 7, 2013

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I am a parent and a teacher who has been ardently advocating for less tests. Just because it's mandated by the 'board' does not mean it's been handed down from God. Parents need to do more to educate themselves on how these tests are hurting kids.

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Miriam C added this item on October 26, 2010

Just Another Mommy Blog voted on October 31, 2010

Sarah D voted on November 3, 2010

Katrina A voted on November 17, 2010

Kitty B voted on November 17, 2010

Tiffaney M voted on November 17, 2010

E. P. voted on November 23, 2010

Lori B commented on November 29, 2010 - I agree - the kids in my son's 1st grade class are unbelievable stressed out - stomach aches, headaches, crying... Let's ease these kids in and let them be kids for a little while - they are too young for so much stress.

Irini N voted on December 5, 2010

Mum4ever♫ voted on December 10, 2010

Marta M commented on December 13, 2010 - I am a teacher and I don't have a week where I don't have to give some kind of test. We are so stressed because if the kids don't do well. it is supposely our fault. I teach fifth grade, my students are second language learners, and I have 34 students!

Belinda T commented on December 15, 2010 - There's nothing like home-led instruction. If this happened more at home, the testing requirements would be a joke to any kid or parent and . It's not like the tests are designed for smart kids anyway. They are designed for the LOWEST common denominator.

Kristina L voted on March 31, 2011

Megan C voted on March 31, 2011

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MU Tiger Mom voted on July 18, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - I'm a teacher and a parent of a K child. My new goal just this week is to educate the other parents about these tests. We have got to stop the madness.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Angela G TX voted on December 28, 2011

greenearthbazaar voted on February 25, 2012

greenearthbazaar commented on February 25, 2012 - You're right. I homeschool through a virtual charter and the time spent in test preparation is ridiculous and only getting worse - my children really dislike it, I dislike it - it's frustrating.

Nadine B voted on April 14, 2012

Courtney W voted on June 20, 2012

Barb K voted on August 13, 2012

Nicole C voted on August 14, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - So when we have the best-in-the-world democracy, why the voice of us, the people, has not been heard? Long time ago? Why we are (see OECD, PISA) for decades so far behind so many countries in student knowledge and testing results?

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LeslieLTotten 1 voted on October 12, 2013

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Absolutely not. It's not just the teacher's responsibility to teach your children. Parents need to step up and educate their children as well especially on behavior and character.

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Kaitlin M added this item on October 7, 2010

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Momma11 voted on October 23, 2010

Miriam C commented on October 26, 2010 - Yes!! I am a teacher and cannot stress enough how bad behvaior takes away from all children. I had a child throw 3 chairs in my class...meanwhile I am being evaluated on how these kids do on the test...how am I to teach them with one violent kid in the cl

Brenda H commented on November 17, 2010 - I agree parents need to teach their children on character and behavior this will enable the teacher to better able to educate. Especially now when most teachers are reporting having at least 40 plus kids in their classroom they cannot do it alone.

Sheryl Z commented on November 23, 2010 - Chair throwing? 40 children in one class? Two more good reasons to home school!!!

Momtothree R commented on December 9, 2010 - If you go to college & become certified to teach and get a job in a public or private school, then it is the teacher's responsibility to do that "TEACH". I agree it starts at home with parents to guide & teach them to be respectful & responsible.

Mum4ever♫ voted on December 10, 2010

Mommy B commented on January 21, 2011 - Yes, behavior and character education is most certainly ignored or otherwise pushed aside. Children AND adults could definitely improve on manners!!!

Mommy B voted on January 21, 2011

momofA&T voted on January 24, 2011

momofA&T commented on January 24, 2011 - As far as I know it is required to do national test twice a year. A teacher can give weekly test to help them see progress and help student see weakness. We all know we can't just tell kids things they have to see it for themselves. How is this to much?

<3Life2010 voted on January 26, 2011

Jenn S voted on January 31, 2011

Georgiaroots80 voted on February 21, 2011

Changed4Privacy F voted on February 25, 2011

Hell on Heels voted on March 31, 2011

✿KJinHB✿ voted on April 2, 2011

Phoenix commented on April 28, 2011 - I find so many parents are wrapped up in their own worlds that they don't think it is important to support their child's learning.

Mari P voted on September 16, 2011

Sarah W voted on September 22, 2011

Melody L voted on December 24, 2011

Angela G TX voted on December 28, 2011

hoodmama4 commented on March 8, 2012 - thats the problem now and days some people expect everyone to be to there own high standers!!!

Star30 voted on January 17, 2013

Matt P commented on April 7, 2013 - yes, well it's hard to teach your child when the schools tell them things that are contrary to what the parents believe and then punish the child to reinforce the schools correctness and power to decide what and who is right or wrong..

Matt P commented on April 7, 2013 - Instead of focusing on teaching my child what to think teach him how to think for himself and make the best decision possible just like I would and do when I help him learn how to make decisions and choices for himself..

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Melanie D voted on June 24, 2014

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Not at all. The United States ranks the lowest in Education amongst leading countries. If we want to stay powerful, we need to keep up with education and teaching of new technologies. However, arts, gym and music need to stay as well.

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Nicole S added this item on October 16, 2010

Nicole S voted on October 16, 2010

Kimberly G voted on October 17, 2010

Laura H commented on October 23, 2010 - Do you know that the "leading countries" require children to be 6 years old to enter school? Do you know that some of the "leading countries" that are always referred to only allow certain children into their schools...kids with special needs are not.

Laura H commented on October 23, 2010 - In the US kids are allowed to start kindergarten at 4 1/2 and all children are included in public education. It is not fair to compare us to those other countries because the basic entrance expectations are so different, and that makes a big difference

Momma11 voted on October 23, 2010

Pam R voted on October 28, 2010

Leah voted on November 1, 2010

Melanie K voted on November 16, 2010

Melanie K commented on November 16, 2010 - i actually didnt mean to press the vote button for agreeing with all of this message. I do agree that we need arts and music. However, our country is trying to keep up with others when we have different circumstances here like a lot of immingration.

Hollie E commented on November 17, 2010 - I think it depends on where you live. In south Texas, we are crazy about the TAKS, everything has to do with preparing for it. Ridiculous. In a suburb of Dallas, they don't mention it. Yes they take it but it is not the main agenda.

Whitney K commented on November 17, 2010 - Just wanted to point out to Melanie that many countries have lots of immigrants. The US doesn't have that market cornered. Furthermore, some of our immigrants are the highest performing kids in our schools

McK5 voted on November 17, 2010

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Ladybug C commented on April 1, 2011 - We need our kids to study math and science. But, they don't know their times tables. I get them in 8th grade. They don't know 3x6!!! Ugh!!!

AMmomof3 voted on April 1, 2011

Christine C commented on July 8, 2011 - Well we live in a very competive school district. My oldest son just completed 5th grade. Most nights he had two hours of homework. That is not including studying for test and the book reports that he does about every eight weeks. I find the hw frustratin

Jennifer M commented on July 18, 2011 - That's overkill. They can get the reinforcement in less time than that. They need to be kids, too!

Special K commented on August 22, 2011 - Key words, education and teaching...not testing. My daughter often does very well in her subject as she takes some AP classes, however most of the big test grades (semester exams etc...) are not as well because of the pressures of the testing.

K W commented on September 2, 2011 - That's a misunderstanding: of course we want our schools and students to perform better, but sometimes excessive, high-stakes testing detracts from learning. Plus, as you mention, many other valuable areas aren't tested.

Melissa G commented on September 11, 2011 - The thing about other countries is they do not educate all children. For example, Japan only sends the gifted and high achievers to school. The rest become laborers. As a result our schools and children appear inferior to other countries.

Sarah W commented on September 22, 2011 - Uh, you may be thinking more about China. Japan's population is quite "well educated" Yes there is limited spots for the elites.

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - I wouldn't assume that when the US ranks lowest in ed. it is the schools' faults. Our culture of expecting our kids to participate in sports which take a min. of three hours of practice daily, and a general distaste and fear of the educated, hurts us.

Becky L commented on September 27, 2011 - So MORE work is the answer? How come we ranked higher in the years BEFORE we had massive tests and massive amounts of homework? Scandinavian countries consistently score higher in reading and don't even start to teach how to read until first grade?!!

Reva K commented on March 21, 2012 - the more we use high stakes testing, the less our students achieve. hmmm.....think about it...you want robots leading our society or creative, critical thinkers? the schools seem to be cranking out the former, and they're not even at grade level...

Nadine B commented on April 14, 2012 - It ranked lowest because there is an obvious problem with the system. It needs to be fixed/changed meaning cut out the tests and teach! My son in 4th grade has done nothing new for 1.5 months because they are teaching to the tests. Simply getting ready!

Vince W commented on July 6, 2012 - I totally agree that you need to learn much to help you country stay afloat. The alternative will be to buy more brains from abroad :)

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - You make the fundamentally important points (see OECD and their regular PISA comparative testing of students where our kids consistently, for decades now fall way, way behind - 28th out of 34 most developed OECD countries). It is cultural (+ feminized K12

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Our grossly )over the last 30-40 years) feminized K-12 system (my 5th grader's year book has pictures of 78 females in faculty and only 5 males, 3 out of them custodians): We teach kids to be nice, to be "creative" writers, do bake sales, no hard science

Star30 voted on January 17, 2013

Matt P commented on April 7, 2013 - If you teach children the basics the ones that want more will go get it. The ones that don't want to be engineers but are smart enough to be proficient at the future they want will develop the same level of pride and self-esteem as the ones who want more.

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My school is definitely focusing too much on the tests and not enough on enjoying learning. My 1st grader has 3 hours of worksheets each night. How does that encourage him to be a life-learner?

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Sarah D added this item on October 20, 2010

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Aileen D commented on November 22, 2010 - kids are only kids for sooo long, i think they should still have homeowrk but till play and get dirty!! you have your whole life to be an adult, it's not that great anyway, LOL

Sheryl Z commented on November 23, 2010 - We've named our home school Lifetime Learners. The little people in this school love to learn!!! Couldn't stop them if I tried!! Although I certainly could make it a drudgery instead of a joy if I implemented the practices I'm hearing about on this site.

AlysiaM voted on November 26, 2010

Tara W voted on January 13, 2011

Tanitra R commented on January 26, 2011 - In education testing is a must to see what's effective and whats not. I do agree its a lot but how do you know if its working if you don't evaluate it? Ima teacher and a parent..I understand the frustration. other countries education isn't all what it is

Adrienne W voted on March 30, 2011

TKDMOM voted on April 5, 2011

Kerlin C voted on April 26, 2011

Jennifer M commented on July 18, 2011 - I just wish that teachers had more freedom to teach the way that works best for them, because it's usually the way that the kids learn the most. A lot has changed since I was in school, but if the kids can't reason things to find the answer, they'll fail.

MU Tiger Mom voted on July 18, 2011

Momwithcamera commented on August 9, 2011 - Why don't parents teach their kids and allow the school system to test. If you are truly concerned with how your child is taught, then teach them in the manner you consider the right way. You don't need a classroom to teach so start talking.

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - It doesn't. Time to talk to the teacher about his or her philosophy and teaching style. And yes, you are your child's most important teacher. Instill a love of life-long learning if the school refuses.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

greenearthbazaar commented on February 25, 2012 - You're right. It only serves to make children dislike learning. The majority of the school year is spent in test preparation! Things need to change.

hoodmama4 commented on March 8, 2012 - thats why some dont even graduate and give up its just too much!!!

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Do Chinese, Asians, Romanian, (28 out of 34 OECD countries) have schools and testing less demanding while they (consistently and badly, for years now) beat our student so badly? No! But the focus is elsewhere, not "creative writing", etc. we indulge in.

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Dear HoodMom: I DO NOT and can't believe that a 1st grader anywhere in this good ol' US has "3 hrs of worksheet each night". Not 2 hrs of worksheet a night. Hardly 1 hr a night (more of a exception). I had 6 kids, good districts, nothing close to your #

cancermom voted on September 26, 2013

Tina S voted on October 4, 2013

Tina S commented on October 4, 2013 - I have homeschooled my kids until just this year. We had fun and worked and they loved learning but tolerated paperwork. Now all three come home EVERY night with a minimum of 1hr of work and often 2 to 3 hrs of work, mostly in elementary! This is CRAZY!

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6 Votes

It is not your schools. It is not your teachers. It's not even your school boards. It's the Government. Plain and simple. Fight for your kids and contact your local senators to get our schools back where they should be.

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Sarah W commented on September 22, 2011 - and they wonder why kids don't enjoy school?

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Time to do as a force of moms!

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Angela G TX voted on December 28, 2011

greenearthbazaar voted on February 25, 2012

hoodmama4 voted on March 8, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - What (cheap? populist?) cry is this? What specifically (if you can) is that bad government doing causing our students rank 28th out of 34 OECD countries, etc? Our grosly feminized K-12 (my 5th grader yearbook has photos of 78 female vs 2 males + 3 custodi

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I wish that less concentration could be focused on testing and more time focused on how to reduce the number of children in a classroom. Teachers in many public schools are reporting at least 30 to 40 plus kids in their class. This hurts everyone.

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Brenda H commented on November 17, 2010 - test scores are also low because teachers have too many kids in their classroom. It is more important to pay less teachers than it is to ensure the kids are educated properly and in a way that is benefical to them. How can one teacher educate 30 kids?

Kitty B voted on November 17, 2010

AlysiaM voted on November 26, 2010

Mum4ever♫ voted on December 10, 2010

Ami S voted on April 1, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Funding is being diverted from the classroom intentionally to eliminate public education by making it a poor option to teach our kids. Fight at your schools and with your elected officials!

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Kinder Spirit: Most of our fellow Americans DONT LIKE to pay (property) taxes to pay for public schools, i.e. smaller classes. What other funding is "diverted" from classroom? In country of "free and brave" it should be no problem for people will be heard

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The kids hate it, the parents hate it and the teachers hate it. But the states demand the scores, so testing is done at the expense of everyone. No one benefits. The schools are wrapped in red tape and no one lets the teachers have scissors.

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MU Tiger Mom voted on July 18, 2011

Karen N commented on July 25, 2011 - Big government keeps getting bigger. Home schools are thriving because people who don't know our kids are making decisions based on personal interest and/or money.

Julie T voted on August 11, 2011

Connie S voted on September 19, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Time to give the scissors to the misinformed elected officials who have wrapped education in a big ball of red tape! Organize, moms!

Becky L commented on September 27, 2011 - I would watch solely placing blame on elected officials. Who's making the tests? Check the teacher's unions too. NEA loves to test and helps compile them. If you want to make a difference, start there. And see which candidates your dues money supports.

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - KIndred Spirit S: You call "Organize Moms!" might be heard ... and moms will set up yet another ... bake sale, flower sale, march for this and that, fundraisers for XY. Never ever any school reform. Especially any which would make our student competitive.

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I think that the schools are focused too much on the test scores and not enough on actual comprehension of the material. If the teaching style was more interactive/engaging then the children would understand more and scores would naturally increase.

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Miriam C commented on October 26, 2010 - The teaching style cannot be more interactive because the tests have not punitive affects if the ids do not do well....the higher the test stakes are the less teaching teachers can actually do. parents need to advocate for less teaching as teachers do.

Kitty B voted on November 17, 2010

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Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Absolutely. The testing is at a low-level of thinking. Creativity of the classroom is dwindling because the tests are being made to take precedence. The tests are being forced upon the schools. Fight with your elected officials.

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Those are two separate questions. We are not pushing our kids too hard, but we ARE testing too much.

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disneydiva commented on January 10, 2011 - I agree... We are testing too much. Pushing are kids to learn and to enjoy learning is what we need to do as a society. Everything we do as an adult or a child is a learning opportunity.

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3 Votes

imao math in grade school is taught 100% wrong. It destroy intelectual curiosity and emphasizes the mechanical aspects over the philosophical aspects

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Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - ES (i.e. teachers) n particular award (contrary to what they say): docile, obedient, "nice", talkative, sweet, agreeable little creatures, therefore girls. Absolutely feminized K-12 system (our ES in burbs: 78 F : 5 M (3 of them custodians). ADHD to boys

Richard M voted on September 10, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Look, as an example, to our i*iotic educational establishment TORTURING kids (in 5th grade) with "Forgiving method of long division" (see on YouTube). Yet we, the people, free and brave, accept such atrocity.

Rocky voted on March 3, 2013

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I just wrote a three page letter to opt out of three two-hour sessions of standardized testing for my K daughter. I think getting parents to opt out of the tests is the key to ending this destructive cycle of useless testing. Let's organize, moms!

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greenearthbazaar voted on February 25, 2012

greenearthbazaar commented on February 25, 2012 - Good for you. Do kindergarteners really need hours of test preparation? They should be learning how to enjoy the school environment - things like play dough and story time.

hoodmama4 voted on March 8, 2012

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I don't believe that testing constantly is the way to go to get our kids to the top. When we had less testing we did much better worldwide in education. And how can someone fail a child for 1 test rather than go by the whole years worth of work. not fair!

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Kim T commented on September 10, 2011 - Worksheets and testing isn't the answer, but stop looking at educators to fix the lack of parental responsibilities. Education doesn't stop when the bell rings.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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You also have to realize that testing is often mandated by the state or school board. The individual school and/or teacher don't have a choice as to whether or not to test students and are often told how much homework to give.

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Miriam C commented on October 26, 2010 - yes, but as parents we need to get out there and advocate for less testing. Teachers are forced to teach to the tests b/c the stakes for failing these tests are now so high...teachers are also humiliated in newspapers (CA) if they do not perform well on t

Kitty B voted on November 17, 2010

TKDMOM commented on April 5, 2011 - Testing is put in place, not to judge just how your child is doing, but how well the teacher is teaching as a whole. The gov't says that students are behind in tech skills and skills they need for tomorrow-but the teachers don't even know those skills...

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Time to talk to your school boards and state officials.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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YES. A lifelong love of learning does not come from worksheets and tests. So many wonderful teaching/learning opportunities are lost due to the intense focus on testing. The tests only assess a small variety of intelligences, not a view of the whole child

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Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Tell the legislative officials you think the testing has become out of hand.

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Agree that there is too much focus on testing. It has not been proven to add much value and just ends up stressing the teachers out. The results of better teaching should be long term (ie. the USA coming higher up the global results tables).

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YES! Over the past 10 years, our educational system has created a generation of button-pushers who lack critical thinking skills. Read more: "No Child Left Behind...What?" http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/no-child-left-behind-what

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Research has found that countries who administer frequent, high-stakes tests have lower levels of achievement. A large portion of time is spent planning and prepping for tests that could be utilized for planning for and engaging in meaningful learning.

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Courtney W added this item on May 29, 2012

Courtney W voted on May 30, 2012

Jill M commented on June 10, 2012 - Please provide a link.

Mamatrol S commented on June 27, 2012 - they also cost the nation a LOTS of money each year

**Ilovemydaughter** voted on August 8, 2012

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In our schools they are no longer teaching cursive handwriting because they need the time for test taking skills! I am sick of hearing about this test and that test, and even more upset that my child will test well but won't be able to sign her name!

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Veronica S added this item on March 30, 2011

Angie G voted on March 30, 2011

Ami S voted on April 1, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Every choice made in the curriculum has an impact. This is one few probably anticipated. Talk to your elected officials about your distaste with the focus on testing. In the mean time, you will have to educate your own child for important skills.

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Teachers also lack the lattitude to teach effectively. Their days are completely regulated, down to the minute, of how many minutes they must spend on LA, reading, math, etc, that they have no flexibility to do what's best for your child.

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Robin F added this item on February 25, 2011

Stacia S voted on April 28, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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Schools are pushing kids too hard on test scores, and not nearly hard enough on actual learning. They are lacking the necessary tools for meaningful learning, application of knowledge, and effective problem solving... Those things don't attract funding.

Carrie W added this item on April 12, 2011

Stacia S voted on April 28, 2011

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Uh, yeah!!! My daughter is in the eighth grade and she has tests that are ordered by the state every month in algebra, English, and social studies!!! God, the kid is usually up until one making sure that she knows these things!

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Betty R added this item on December 23, 2010

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Kindred Spirit S commented on September 25, 2011 - Every month?

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I think that they need to get rid of the "No Child Left Behind" policy and start teaching our kids again. It is very frustrating that the whole class has to move at the pace of the slowest learner. They are too worried about everyone feeling equal.

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luv my wonderful life added this item on December 9, 2010

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Brittany K commented on June 14, 2012 - I agree. I know that in our school district "no child left behind" prevents them from holding back kids that have failing grades. How will anyone learn responsibility or have the motivation to learn if they aren't required to to earn moving up in grades?

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Schools over test. My kids get re-evaluated 3 times/yr to determine what groups they should be in (takes 1 week plus teacher review time). They have a month of state testing. Add in regular cirriculum testing and they have no time left to learn.

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Robin F added this item on February 25, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Dana K: What you want kids after school to do, when you apparently want do go away w HW? BTW, as Marley S writes: experience + studies show HW helps master the material. You want then do do more organized activities? TV or internet? Asians do HW 4 hrs a n

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Testing isn't a bad thing, it's just a way to evaluate. Tests can be paper pencil, or teacher observation. Schools are not business with mini-adults, we are full of children ages 3-18, so the "adult" way of thinking -more hours, more evals- doesn't work

Kim S added this item on March 15, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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Schools are pushing too hard on testing, but not enough on learning. Teachers are so limited in what and how they can teach that the students, that student learning is suffering.

Phoenix added this item on April 28, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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The US ranks low on the education system because our system is broken. Standardized tests simply force teachers to teach for the test and nothing else. I've taken a large part of my children's education into my own hands. The current system is failing us!

Nadine B added this item on April 14, 2012

Nadine B voted on April 14, 2012

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Yes and no. Education used to be about learning. Now it's about teaching to the test. My sister taught for 35 years & loved it for most of it. No Child Left Behind doesn't work. When learning is about SCORES and not learning for life, it doesn't stick.

Patricia G added this item on April 3, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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I think there is way too much emphasis on teaching to the test and homework. There is absolutely no evidence that homework improves comprehension of material or mastery (however you decide to measure it) for elementary and middle school kids.

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Dana K added this item on December 11, 2010

Marley S commented on December 28, 2010 - Some research has shown homework to be effective. I think small amounts, 10 minutes for each grade may help some students.

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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I support the level of testing conducted in schools today. Without testing, we are unable to determine if the children are actually learning. Testing is a natural process of the teaching process. Take away tests, take away accountability.

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MommaBearof2 added this item on March 27, 2011

Laura H commented on March 29, 2011 - Testing is only one small segment of how children should be assessed. Many children do not test well, many tests are biased and /or poorly written. Testing does not always reflect what children are learning...unless the teacher is teaching to the test.

Priscilla G commented on March 30, 2011 - There are so many ways to evaluate/assess students, why do we need to stress with tests? Yes, they are stressed. I have seen it first hand in my public school classrooms. In private school classrooms, using different assessment, kids are happy and smart.

Hell on Heels voted on March 31, 2011

Ami S commented on April 1, 2011 - Bah. Test scores don't show that they understand the subject or how to apply it in the real world. My son is super smart, but does horrible on timed tests so he has low scores. How is that an accurate representation of him and what he understands?

TKDMOM commented on April 5, 2011 - they do need to be tested...but the extensive testing...a waste. use the extra time to have students continue focusing on developing skills they will need to become lifelong learners-give them more opportunities to figure out what they want to do in life

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If possible, try to catch a showing of the documentary "Race to Nowhere". It is extremely eye opening about our testing system and what it is doing to our children.

LisaXman added this item on January 28, 2011

Kindred Spirit S voted on September 25, 2011

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The district that my children are in is currently considering switching to a grading system where the final report card grade is only determined by the grade achieved on a test. How does this give children the desire to actually learn? It doesn't.

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quietobserver added this item on December 7, 2011

greenearthbazaar voted on February 25, 2012

greenearthbazaar commented on February 25, 2012 - That would be a disaster.

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I have a daughter in K and my child is struggling cause her teacher doesn't stick with one concept long enough for the kids to really grasp what is going on and when I talked to the teacher she just says she doesn't have time to help those that are behind

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Rebecca W added this item on March 29, 2013

Luciana S voted on April 1, 2013

Matt P commented on April 7, 2013 - The concept of benchmarks is a waste of time...it takes 14-17 weeks for most newly learned activities and information to become rote knowledge...then why do benchmarks at 10 weeks.. the child hasn't even had time to learn it yet

Beth commented on May 7, 2013 - Same goes for this crap called "pacing guides". They lay out what is to be taught and when and how much time you are allowed to spend on it. How does that help the ones who dont "get it" right away???

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I think there is too much push to educate for the testing, but not enough true educating/learning. It isn't the teachers fault because they are forced to do this.The kids do need to be pushed but the right way. There is nothing wrong with being challenged

Adrienne W added this item on September 15, 2011

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just like they are doing now to be heard around the world to help find kony and put him behind bars, we need to be heard. Using facebook and the world of internet we can atleast start somewhere!! Put the word out to the world!!

hoodmama4 added this item on March 8, 2012

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Oliviacvalenzuela J added this item on July 1, 2014

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Just curious...what's a better way to determine how our children are progressing in school if we don't have data to analyze? Standardized tests should not be the only way to analyze student achievement, but they do let us see where more work is needed.

Bookworm added this item on April 14, 2012

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I honestly depends on the child. I think the school system has to be adjusted to the individual not the group and that way the children will learn at their own rate. But with circulum and such large groups I am unsure if it is possible.

AlysiaM added this item on November 26, 2010

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There is too much testing in KS schools today. I love this analogy, if you weigh cattle every day that does not help them gain weight. If you test children often that does not add to their knowledge. As a teacher it tells me what they don't know, that

Marley S added this item on December 28, 2010

Mommy B commented on January 21, 2011 - I'm sorry, but Kansas had the worst test scores out of every state a year ago.

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I haven't read all the 65 responses, but Finland went from bottom five internationally to too two by changing two things:1 )activity. getting the kids moving during class time and 2) , eliminating all standard testing. Research it if I you want more tests

Bellw3 added this item on October 27, 2013

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The proem is that we aren't focused on the basics. Our kids don't know their multiplication tables. They can't add and subtract without a calculator. Fractions make them want to run screaming from the room! Some can't read. Back to the basics!

Ladybug C added this item on April 1, 2011

Ladybug C commented on April 1, 2011 - Problem. Not proem. Stupid autotype!!

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Yes they are to hard on our kids.

Courtney E added this item on March 7, 2013

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the united states test low because we have a lot of immigration and their test scores are included. A lot of the kids that have immigrated have not had a chance to be in school and are very behind on top of not speaking english. the US should fix this

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Melanie K added this item on November 16, 2010

Whitney K commented on November 17, 2010 - Many western countries have lots of immigrants... the US hasn't cornered the market on immigration. Some of our immigrants are the highest performing kids in our schools.

LisaXman commented on January 28, 2011 - Yes, but you must remember that in some of these other countries they weed out those students who can't live up to the expectations of their tests. Or, they can't afford to move onto the next levels of education - this includes middle school levels.

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Yes! They are tested in the 3rd, 8th,12th grades in order to move on to the next grade. You cant miss not one point. Some kids just arent good test takers but may be an excellent student. Or may have been having a bad day on test day. This is not right

boobass added this item on January 26, 2011

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Andrea 1 added this item on November 17, 2013

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There is far too much focus on testing, and far too much responsibilty laid on the childrens shoulders because of it. The kids feel that thye have to do well, not for their own good, but so the school will have more funding.

Brittany K added this item on June 14, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Why is there "too much focus on testing"? It is politics. Schools/teachers "cover their behind" by focusing big part of year to do well on state mastery tests: Principal's and teachers job. evaluation depend on it. Yet we are (see online OECD PISA) behind

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No way. My daughter is in Kindergarten and can read and add and subtract and not becuase of school. School is bacically just a baby sitter for her. They give her first grade work to keep her busy and she finishes that in a few minutes and then is board.

Mamamia added this item on February 20, 2011

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No. If you compare the spelling words that were taught in the 70's in a certain grade, compared to the spelling words that are taught now in the same grade, you'll will see a comparison. Need less group teaching-kids lack ability to think on their own.

sauci-one added this item on April 5, 2011

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Plus if ur child is tardy 3 or more times u will threatendby court over the custody of ur child. Its understandable to exercise the rules & regulations of state law, but its out of hand when they reach for authority before consulting a parent conference

Cynthia V added this item on June 9, 2013

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Yes. This is why I will HS.

newbeginings added this item on February 21, 2011

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Hudson. although Benjamin`s article is impressive, on monday I bought a brand new Aston Martin DB5 from bringing in $4964 this - 4 weeks past and-more than, 10/k this past-month. this is really the most rewarding I've ever done. I began this 4 months ago

Betty A added this item on April 24, 2013

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I completely agree, as a teacher, parent, and Aunt I am watching my niece enter second grade. She did 2 years of Pre-school, a year and a half of Kindergarten and at the end of Kindergarten her High performing school told her she needed to work harder.

Nicole C added this item on August 14, 2012

Nicole C commented on August 14, 2012 - Not because she wasn't performing an doing well in Kindergarten but because she wasn't above average in Math. Then she goes to first grade and they tell my sister and her Husband (who is a teacher as well) that she needs summer school for her writing!

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There's way too much emphasis on testing and numbers/results in schools today. There are so many other, more authentic ways of assessing children's academic progress. Let the teachers do what they do best- teach (instead of 'teaching to the tests').

beanie's mom added this item on March 29, 2012

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Don't let me start on this one. Seriously: all those reforms, commissions, initiatives ... and our kids are still 28th among 34 OECD countries (see their PISA ranking). Our K-12 is inferior, regardless at what school district or neighbourhood our school r

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Richard M added this item on September 10, 2012

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Our "good suburb" school district, comparatively to our international competitors, nothing much to write home about (see OECD PISA online) My son's 5th grade yearbook looks like a CONVENT, 78 females and only 5 males (3 of them custodians).

Richard M commented on September 10, 2012 - Above all, our K-12 school system is heavy on "communication", writing, etc. Sadly: in modern domestic and global economy we can communicate and creatively write all day and all life, yet w/o science, manufacturing etc. no real job and standard of living

Matt P commented on April 7, 2013 - Abolish the Federal Department of Education....how can one all-powerful, homogenous, over-regulated agency decide on the standards for all children in a country this size

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The pushing hard, now focuses on passing a test. When I was going to school it was learning so we can achieve or know the stuff as we get older. The kids should be told that what they are learning is for future and the test is to make sure they got it.

Tia J added this item on April 29, 2011

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My idea: hold reading and math at the SAME TIME during the elemen school day. Bell rings, kids go to their respective "level" classrooms to learn. After math/reading, they go back to grade level classes for everything else, still taking yr-end grade exams

Mary M added this item on April 16, 2012

Mary M commented on April 16, 2012 - That way teachers can teach more easily, & kids can and will learn the material better for understanding as well as for tests. What's so difficult about this? I added still taking the grade year-end tests so schools still get their stupid "test" marks.

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Its complete bullcrap. Our kids endure rude school staff members on occassion & nit picking janitors & A.D.D. Classmates, foul mouthed bullies, & stressed teachers & along with cop calling principals if ur child gets a tad bit out of hand.

Cynthia V added this item on June 9, 2013

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I work with law students and frankly they lack ability to do simple math, analytical thinking, problem solving and expect others to do things for them. It blows my mind. They think better in groups, but don't know how to make decisions on their own.

sauci-one added this item on April 5, 2011

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