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.