So this week on May 7th I interviewed a young student at Olentangy Orange highschool named Carson Briggs. He is currently in 9th grade and is in the amidst of taking the PARRC tests.
interviewer: So Carson are these PARRC test improving your education?
Carson: No! These test are not improving my overall education and they’re just adding more stress to my everyday life.
Interviewer: So what do you believe needs to be done?
Carson: I believe these tests should not be given to students. They are not helping us and are just creating a generation of kids that only know how to pass a test and have no real world applications.
Interviewer: Well thank you for this information..
Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. That means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information.
Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance (http://viralms.com/blog/2011/04/how-social-media-affects-students/). Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.
The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person.
The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards proper spelling and grammar. The reduces a student’s ability to effectively write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature. The degree to which private information is available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road possibly affecting future careers down the road.
“The goal of IQ tests is to predict someone’s academic potential, likelihood of a learning disability, and general potential for success. IQ tests seek to evaluate an individual’s cognitive ability, or their ability to understand ideas. Specifically, they test a person’s reasoning and critical thinking skills. IQ tests can be helpful for identifying learning needs whether a student needs more help than others or whether they can handle more challenging work.” says Austin Woodruff from ectutoring.com.
So these tests do have their benefits for identifying when a child needs more special educational help but it doesn’t entirely identify a persons entire intelligence like their emotional or social intelligence which is considered intelligence too.
The Common Core Adopted in the 19th century, this old and very outdated curriculum has been used in Americas public schools for ages. But is it helping anymore? Washington post writes that “the curriculum now shaping America’s schools reflects the “big idea” of that earlier era—the factory system, standardization of parts, mass production, centralized decision making, and passive worker compliance.
None of those fit the present era. Social change has seen to that, and the rate of that change is accelerating. Change requires adaptation, and adaptation requires creativity, autonomy, exploitation of differing perspectives, and continuous questioning of authority.” Which is not the case with the current state of our education system. We must work together to get out state governors to change the current path our education system has taken and they must change it into something that works with the next generations.