The death of creativity

In the days of creativity and innovation our nation and our species have strive above all over forms of intelligence in this universe. We harnessed fire, made artificial light, skyscrapers and have even landed on the moon! But with all these innovations there is always a person behind it that have used creativity to achieve their goals. But what will happen when students aren’t in a healthy creative environment but are in one where strict rules and regulations are in place, where kids wont have the ability to think outside the box only whats in the bubble for there next exam. This is a serious problem we are facing and yet no one realizes the big issue that we are creating with future generations. We’re manufacturing high stressed environments for both student and teacher… In order to stop this trend from destroying our youths creativity, teachers must have more wiggle room to include more activities like group projects or just work that engages the child and still challenges a child’s mind instead of just lecturing a class for an hour.                                                           Image result for creativity being killed in schools

How testing started

This is a photo High school students taking the first-ever National Merit Scholarship Program exam.

High school students must be aware of how standardized testing works at this point for kids have been taking test like these at ages way before college beckons. Standardized testing has been a mean to test large amounts of kids in a short period of time. The earliest record of such test was located in China when locals wanted to apply for government jobs they were tested on philosophy and poetry. In the western world we adopted Socratic method of testing intelligence so we can determine where all the new age children were at with the current intelligence level.

An estimated number of 1.5 million high school students are expected to take that very test this year. Including the most famous ACT and its counter part SAT. These test were created to see if students were eligible to attend elite schools, The SAT which was created first in  1926 and was officially adopted by all schools after WWII and tests a students logic and has a score of 0-2600. While the ACT was created in 1959 to test a students accumulated knowledge and is scored 0-36. Now the only real difference between the test is that the ACT is preferred more in the Midwest and south while the SAT is preferred by more coastal schools. So now you know why standardized testing was created and what uses they have.

About me

A senior in high school I Colen briggs decided that it would be in my best interest to discuss and inform whats happening with our current school testing that the undergraduates 9-10th are being forced to take. I have 3 brothers, one who is a freshman in high school another 6th grade, and finally my twin brother who is a senior as well. I feel like I am able to blog about such topic because I and my brothers are the kids that must take these pointless and high stress test. I have gone to the same school district my whole life and have lived in Ohio since the day I was born. I’m joining the Navy when I graduate so I can serve my country and see the world with added benefits for when I get out. I was a districts qualifier my senior year in wrestling. these are all the things about me that may interest you when wanting to know who your author is with these informative blogs thank you and enjoy.

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Testing hurts

Hello my name is Colen Briggs and I created this blog for one reason, to pass my business communication class and to inform about the new mandatory testing that our students are being forced to take. A new test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCCS test has been created as a common core assessment to see if students are ready for their future careers and education. After No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2002, the US slipped from 18th in the world in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading. So are these standardized testing helping kids grow or just weakening their critical thinking? That’s what our school administrations need to think about before they shove more test down our students throats.