Teachers across the nation have continued their battle against high-stakes testing: everywhere from New York City to Chicago and beyond is filled with the voices of irate educators criticizing the homogenized and flawed approach to testing students.
The list of problems that educators have with standardized testing is very long indeed, but some of the main reasons why there is such strong opposition are “because they focus so narrowly on reading and math that the young are learning to hate reading, math, and school…they put the wrong people – test manufacturers – in charge of American education…they provide minimal to no useful feedback…[and] they radically limit their ability to adapt learner differences,” to name just a few.
Mainly, the concern with this style of testing is that it teaches children to fall in line with a strict method of memorization and critical thinking, instead of rewarding them for developing their own insight and creativity. Some prefer essay writing as a better determinant of aptitude, however, students could use an essay writing company to cheat. By making children take these tests, those that implement them “wrongly assume that what the young will need to know in the future is already known.” It’s no stretch of the imagination to understand that this is a valid concern.
And the movement is only getting bigger. On April 1 in Brooklyn, over 70% of students in three elementary schools opted out of taking the Common Core tests, supported fully by their parents and teachers.
Daniel Dromm, City Councilman and chairman of the education committee, explained that “there’s such pressure on (students) they get sick on the day of tests.”
In West Virginia the movement is even more organized, with an entire community built around the opposition of standardized testing, called WV Against Common Core.
On their website, they claim that, “We view Common Core as a train wreck – for our families, for our state, and for our nation. This is not just about Standards. This is about loss of local control of our schools.”
As of now, strategies are being developed by organizations of teachers and politicians across the country. Their hope is to make alternatives or even replacements for the Common Core agenda.
Corporations should never have a monopoly on what is taught to the children of this nation. Teachers are right to resist this practice and retain their importance and influence in their own classrooms.