Learning vs. testing
“Are Tests the Answer?” (3/25/02) makes a good point about too many tests, but the real problem with education today is the entire grading and evaluation process. I have found that I will cram for a test to get an A on it and then forget the information after the test is over because the information is no longer needed to maintain my A. I know the information is important, but I don’t get a chance to learn it for myself because the test is coming. Once the test is over, we are on to new information. There is no time to go back. We have entered a dangerous cycle in which the point of going to school–to learn–is being lost. What Do You Want to Know?
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