Education is damaged by mindless obsession with testing

tes | March 06, 2019

Looking at Scottish education at the moment – indeed, UK education – I get the feeling that we do not ask ourselves what the purpose of school actually is. If you follow our current thinking it would appear that it is fundamentally founded on the belief that schools are doing well if their pupils achieve a set of excellent examination results, as if this is the sole outcome – the Holy Grail. The logical conclusion is that we must ensure our pupils’ heads are filled with the required knowledge to allow them to pass a series of examinations. Well, of course we want that, but is that really the limit of our ambitions for our young people?At the moment, “education” is being damaged by the mindless obsession with testing that actually curtails an individual’s imagination and, in many ways, damages their originality of thought. Our students need to be allowed to develop their creativity and their critical thinking. We need to look at the education systems of other countries and learn from their successes. Scandinavian countries, in particular Finland, have been outperforming us for considerably longer than a decade.

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The research-backed model outlines six competencies that students in grades 6-12 must achieve to become college, career and life ready. Each competency outlines themes and objectives to further define success, as well as grade-specific activities to achieve each the grade-specific objectives. The framework provides guidance on key the metrics to track related to each competency.

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