The True Myth of Education: Standardized Testing
By Arthur Ramirez
University of Texas at El Paso
Standardized testing has been a raging topic in society, is it justified to give these tests to students. Students are constantly pressured with test that might decide their fate. Students do not get properly taught on the subjects they are taking due to these tests. Tests are not correct since they do not take factors in to count. Tests do not take in to count the environment, the demographic, and especially what type of students is taking the test. Tests have various negative effects on these students and the administrators.
Its here the letter of his dream college, he opens it eagerly but sadden to his surprise it reads we regret to inform that we cannot admit at this time all due to his act scores were not high enough. A kid gets called to the principal’s office just to tell him that he will not move onto the next grade due to the fact he failed one of the end of course exams. Kids are being told all the time that they are not good enough to go to college or to next grade, simply based on the outcomes of standardized testing. These tests should not take so much weight on decisions of educational purpose. Standardized testing has swelled and mutated, like a creature in one of those old horror movies, to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole. Standardized testing does not accurately measure what students learn in school (Kohn, 2000, pg 1).
In recent years there has not only been a tremendous increase in standardized test but they have also increased the difficulty. These kinds of test have been going on for years but they have not put as much importance as they do now. Kids are getting stressed out due to these tests so by the time they take the test they have used all the energy cramming to learn what is on the test. In the past there was no added stress because the outcome of the test did not decide the...