Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It's Not On The Test

This video gives much food for thought... is this what educating our future has come down to?

What about all of the other stuff that is not part of high stakes testing? When do the kids get to learn that stuff? You know, the things that make the kids well-rounded educated individuals. It would seem that we have lost our way from the true purpose of education.
“To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed” - (Jefferson Writings, Peterson, ed., 459). Thomas Jefferson, 1818-Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia
“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country” - (The Learning of Liberty, Prangle and Prangle [126]; original Noah Webster: Schoolmaster to America, Harry Warfel [42]). - Noah Webster, 1790 - On Education of Youth in America
Yeah, all that stuff.... it's not on the test.