Part of the reason we opted to homeschool our kids was the emphasis on standardized tests in grammar school and beyond. I’m not opposed to the tests, but I am opposed to the pressures put on the teachers and the administrations of each school to come up with results. Given those pressures, which kids do you think they are teaching to? And, should teachers/schools be competing each other for scores? And, God help the kids who do not take tests well. Buh, buh, buh, that’s not what I’m angsting about tonight . . .
Dan went to bed SERIOUSLY stressed out tonight over taking the ACT tomorrow. I’m not sure where the stress is coming from (but I get it as a person who generates tons of personal stress each and every day). He’s done very, very well on the practice tests. But, he was a mess tonight. I feel bad for him. I hope the test goes well in the morning. It kills me I can’t sneak over to the test site to give him a little box of raisins and a juice box half-way through (lol can you imagine the look on Dan’s face if I did this? *snort*)
I know it’s all going to work out in the end, but I hate the weight placed on the SAT and ACT in 2010. It’s not like when I was applying to colleges – they had nothing else besides my SAT scores and a sadly typed (on an actual typewriter) application. Today, there are so many ways to help administrators find students suited to their school. I find it frustrating.
But, what do I know? In the meantime, I’ll be spending time with Ian and Tim teaching them to take the tests. Because that is how the game is played.