Published: Monday, Sept. 2 2013 10:10 p.m. MDT
Just another way for the education complex to make money off of students. Now
there will be test prep classes, cliff notes, study materials, test strategy
materials and of course, testing fees. It is one more useless exercise for
folks who are already borrowing to make ends-meet.Shame on schools
who accept this test. And shame on any employer who puts any weight on these
The remedy for the inadequacy of standardized tests is not another standardized
test. More likely, it is a remedy for sagging revenue curves in the standardized
test industry. Standardized tests will always be weak and limited in
demonstrating actual performance for much of the work in our economy because
they do not assess anything in context, nor do they assess personal
characteristics as they are mixed with skills or aptitudes. That ends up making
all the difference. By analyzing the agendas, professional perks, and bottom
line of the standardized test industry, you can exhibit more critical thinking
than by actually taking one of its tests. I'm sure this industry would love
to have employers help move their products into the "job admissions"
market in addition to their hold in the college admissions market.
If properly geared, this test could distinguish between those who merely bumbled
their way through school and those who have life skills. Deficits in judgment,
critical thinking, leadership and decision making are deficient in many
graduates of both high schools and colleges. Many people with only a high
school education or partial college may in fact be superior in most of these
areas. I have seen in the workforce, first hand, the folly of placing too much
emphasis on a degree and not enough on life skills. It is definitely time for
the pendulum to swing back from the "college degree is everything"
Funny, I read some comments saying this is all a plot foisted on us by the
testing industry and that it had no value... blah, blah, blah.I sort
of wanted to take the test and see how I came out.Winners always
want the ball.Whiners... not so much.
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