What Did You Learn Today?

Tonight I had the good fortune of an unexpected visit with my nieces and nephew.  I asked my 8 year old niece, who LOVES school, who LOVES reading, who LOVES learning, what she learned in school today.  Her reply?

“Well, I learned that I need to use strategies to help me do well on tests that are a grade so that I don’t score progressing or beginning.  Because a 1 or a 2 is bad.”

It was one of the most depressing conversations I’ve ever had about education.

I feel like I should write more about this exchange, parsing it out to uncover the horrible reality that is high-stakes testing, but haven’t you already heard that rant every day for the past 10 years?

I thought so.


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