Are schools pushing our kids too hard, testing too much?

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I absolutely think there is too much focus on "testing high" and not enough on actually teaching the kids. My son's kindergarten teacher lamented to me she missed being able to teach her kids. Now everything is focused around what is "on the tests"

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    The problem is teachers being pushed to teach so kids score high, not so they are actually receiving a good education. If it's not on the test - it doesn't matter. Our kids are suffering for our own desires to track progress.

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  • Sheryl Z commented

    Have you heard about this film? http://www.racetonowhere.com/ It's about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers. They are screening it all over the nation. Perhaps the tide is turning. :)

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  • Angela G TX commented

    I teach high school, and agree completely that way too much focus is on testing, but I don't think they are being pushed too hard. Students need to be challenged, and we need to give them tools to meet those challenges. Testing is taking up all our time.

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  • Kindred Spirit S commented

    Opt out of the standardized testing in K.

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  • greenearthbazaar commented

    You're absolutely right. Far too much time is being spent on teaching children to take tests at the expense of giving them a well-rounded, useful education. It's a waste of time and ONLY about funding.

  • Mary5 commented

    yes sometimes i think school is depressing my teenager, its just so complicated now and days.

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  • Randi L commented

    Not only are these exams ridiculously expensive but they are doing more harm then good to our children's educational experience! The drop out rate has increased significantly, PE Art and Music have been cut and most of Congress could not pass these exams!

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  • Richard M commented

    Our friends on the right like "business" approach, "measurable" results. Liberals tell us how wonderful Native Americans were and that Columbus was no good, cancel his celebration. Feminized K-12 system loves "creative" writing, no hard science, etc.

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  • childtocherish commented

    It is true that children these days are in too much stress due to their school task, it may be concerning their home work given, project work and regular assessment. It is essential for them to get out of it as it is leading them to great mental pressure.

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I am a parent and a teacher who has been ardently advocating for less tests. Just because it's mandated by the 'board' does not mean it's been handed down from God. Parents need to do more to educate themselves on how these tests are hurting kids.

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  • Lori B commented

    I agree - the kids in my son's 1st grade class are unbelievable stressed out - stomach aches, headaches, crying... Let's ease these kids in and let them be kids for a little while - they are too young for so much stress.

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  • Marta M commented

    I am a teacher and I don't have a week where I don't have to give some kind of test. We are so stressed because if the kids don't do well. it is supposely our fault. I teach fifth grade, my students are second language learners, and I have 34 students!

  • Belinda T commented

    There's nothing like home-led instruction. If this happened more at home, the testing requirements would be a joke to any kid or parent and . It's not like the tests are designed for smart kids anyway. They are designed for the LOWEST common denominator.

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  • Kindred Spirit S commented

    I'm a teacher and a parent of a K child. My new goal just this week is to educate the other parents about these tests. We have got to stop the madness.

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  • greenearthbazaar commented

    You're right. I homeschool through a virtual charter and the time spent in test preparation is ridiculous and only getting worse - my children really dislike it, I dislike it - it's frustrating.

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  • Richard M commented

    So when we have the best-in-the-world democracy, why the voice of us, the people, has not been heard? Long time ago? Why we are (see OECD, PISA) for decades so far behind so many countries in student knowledge and testing results?

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  • Susan P commented

    Exactly! No one (Except the testing companies) benefits from all this state testing! Yes, teachers need tests to assess their students progression, but the state tests go way beyond that. Time to bring back some balance.

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Absolutely not. It's not just the teacher's responsibility to teach your children. Parents need to step up and educate their children as well especially on behavior and character.

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  • Miriam C commented

    Yes!! I am a teacher and cannot stress enough how bad behvaior takes away from all children. I had a child throw 3 chairs in my class...meanwhile I am being evaluated on how these kids do on the test...how am I to teach them with one violent kid in the cl

  • Brenda H commented

    I agree parents need to teach their children on character and behavior this will enable the teacher to better able to educate. Especially now when most teachers are reporting having at least 40 plus kids in their classroom they cannot do it alone.

  • Sheryl Z commented

    Chair throwing? 40 children in one class? Two more good reasons to home school!!!

  • Momtothree R commented

    If you go to college & become certified to teach and get a job in a public or private school, then it is the teacher's responsibility to do that "TEACH". I agree it starts at home with parents to guide & teach them to be respectful & responsible.

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  • Mommy B commented

    Yes, behavior and character education is most certainly ignored or otherwise pushed aside. Children AND adults could definitely improve on manners!!!

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  • momofA&T commented

    As far as I know it is required to do national test twice a year. A teacher can give weekly test to help them see progress and help student see weakness. We all know we can't just tell kids things they have to see it for themselves. How is this to much?

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  • Phoenix commented

    I find so many parents are wrapped up in their own worlds that they don't think it is important to support their child's learning.

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  • Mary5 commented

    thats the problem now and days some people expect everyone to be to there own high standers!!!

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  • Matt P commented

    yes, well it's hard to teach your child when the schools tell them things that are contrary to what the parents believe and then punish the child to reinforce the schools correctness and power to decide what and who is right or wrong..

  • Matt P commented

    Instead of focusing on teaching my child what to think teach him how to think for himself and make the best decision possible just like I would and do when I help him learn how to make decisions and choices for himself..

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Not at all. The United States ranks the lowest in Education amongst leading countries. If we want to stay powerful, we need to keep up with education and teaching of new technologies. However, arts, gym and music need to stay as well.

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  • Laura H commented

    Do you know that the "leading countries" require children to be 6 years old to enter school? Do you know that some of the "leading countries" that are always referred to only allow certain children into their schools...kids with special needs are not.

  • Laura H commented

    In the US kids are allowed to start kindergarten at 4 1/2 and all children are included in public education. It is not fair to compare us to those other countries because the basic entrance expectations are so different, and that makes a big difference

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  • Melanie K commented

    i actually didnt mean to press the vote button for agreeing with all of this message. I do agree that we need arts and music. However, our country is trying to keep up with others when we have different circumstances here like a lot of immingration.

  • Hollie E commented

    I think it depends on where you live. In south Texas, we are crazy about the TAKS, everything has to do with preparing for it. Ridiculous. In a suburb of Dallas, they don't mention it. Yes they take it but it is not the main agenda.

  • Whitney K commented

    Just wanted to point out to Melanie that many countries have lots of immigrants. The US doesn't have that market cornered. Furthermore, some of our immigrants are the highest performing kids in our schools

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  • Ladybug C commented

    We need our kids to study math and science. But, they don't know their times tables. I get them in 8th grade. They don't know 3x6!!! Ugh!!!

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  • Christine C commented

    Well we live in a very competive school district. My oldest son just completed 5th grade. Most nights he had two hours of homework. That is not including studying for test and the book reports that he does about every eight weeks. I find the hw frustratin

  • Jennifer M commented

    That's overkill. They can get the reinforcement in less time than that. They need to be kids, too!

  • Special K commented

    Key words, education and teaching...not testing. My daughter often does very well in her subject as she takes some AP classes, however most of the big test grades (semester exams etc...) are not as well because of the pressures of the testing.

  • K W commented

    That's a misunderstanding: of course we want our schools and students to perform better, but sometimes excessive, high-stakes testing detracts from learning. Plus, as you mention, many other valuable areas aren't tested.

  • Melissa G commented

    The thing about other countries is they do not educate all children. For example, Japan only sends the gifted and high achievers to school. The rest become laborers. As a result our schools and children appear inferior to other countries.

  • Sarah W commented

    Uh, you may be thinking more about China. Japan's population is quite "well educated" Yes there is limited spots for the elites.

  • Kindred Spirit S commented

    I wouldn't assume that when the US ranks lowest in ed. it is the schools' faults. Our culture of expecting our kids to participate in sports which take a min. of three hours of practice daily, and a general distaste and fear of the educated, hurts us.

  • Becky L commented

    So MORE work is the answer? How come we ranked higher in the years BEFORE we had massive tests and massive amounts of homework? Scandinavian countries consistently score higher in reading and don't even start to teach how to read until first grade?!!

  • Reva K commented

    the more we use high stakes testing, the less our students achieve. hmmm.....think about it...you want robots leading our society or creative, critical thinkers? the schools seem to be cranking out the former, and they're not even at grade level...

  • Nadine B commented

    It ranked lowest because there is an obvious problem with the system. It needs to be fixed/changed meaning cut out the tests and teach! My son in 4th grade has done nothing new for 1.5 months because they are teaching to the tests. Simply getting ready!

  • Vince W commented

    I totally agree that you need to learn much to help you country stay afloat. The alternative will be to buy more brains from abroad :)

  • Richard M commented

    You make the fundamentally important points (see OECD and their regular PISA comparative testing of students where our kids consistently, for decades now fall way, way behind - 28th out of 34 most developed OECD countries). It is cultural (+ feminized K12

  • Richard M commented

    Our grossly )over the last 30-40 years) feminized K-12 system (my 5th grader's year book has pictures of 78 females in faculty and only 5 males, 3 out of them custodians): We teach kids to be nice, to be "creative" writers, do bake sales, no hard science

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  • Matt P commented

    If you teach children the basics the ones that want more will go get it. The ones that don't want to be engineers but are smart enough to be proficient at the future they want will develop the same level of pride and self-esteem as the ones who want more.

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My school is definitely focusing too much on the tests and not enough on enjoying learning. My 1st grader has 3 hours of worksheets each night. How does that encourage him to be a life-learner?

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  • Aileen D commented

    kids are only kids for sooo long, i think they should still have homeowrk but till play and get dirty!! you have your whole life to be an adult, it's not that great anyway, LOL

  • Sheryl Z commented

    We've named our home school Lifetime Learners. The little people in this school love to learn!!! Couldn't stop them if I tried!! Although I certainly could make it a drudgery instead of a joy if I implemented the practices I'm hearing about on this site.

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  • Tanitra R commented

    In education testing is a must to see what's effective and whats not. I do agree its a lot but how do you know if its working if you don't evaluate it? Ima teacher and a parent..I understand the frustration. other countries education isn't all what it is

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  • Jennifer M commented

    I just wish that teachers had more freedom to teach the way that works best for them, because it's usually the way that the kids learn the most. A lot has changed since I was in school, but if the kids can't reason things to find the answer, they'll fail.

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  • JustNeedSomePrivacy commented

    Why don't parents teach their kids and allow the school system to test. If you are truly concerned with how your child is taught, then teach them in the manner you consider the right way. You don't need a classroom to teach so start talking.

  • Kindred Spirit S commented

    It doesn't. Time to talk to the teacher about his or her philosophy and teaching style. And yes, you are your child's most important teacher. Instill a love of life-long learning if the school refuses.

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  • greenearthbazaar commented

    You're right. It only serves to make children dislike learning. The majority of the school year is spent in test preparation! Things need to change.

  • Mary5 commented

    thats why some dont even graduate and give up its just too much!!!

  • Richard M commented

    Do Chinese, Asians, Romanian, (28 out of 34 OECD countries) have schools and testing less demanding while they (consistently and badly, for years now) beat our student so badly? No! But the focus is elsewhere, not "creative writing", etc. we indulge in.

  • Richard M commented

    Dear HoodMom: I DO NOT and can't believe that a 1st grader anywhere in this good ol' US has "3 hrs of worksheet each night". Not 2 hrs of worksheet a night. Hardly 1 hr a night (more of a exception). I had 6 kids, good districts, nothing close to your #

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  • Tina S commented

    I have homeschooled my kids until just this year. We had fun and worked and they loved learning but tolerated paperwork. Now all three come home EVERY night with a minimum of 1hr of work and often 2 to 3 hrs of work, mostly in elementary! This is CRAZY!

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  • Christine S commented

    First grade should be 10 minutes of homework. That is it. Opt out.

  • Susan P commented

    I agree with Christine S. Ten minutes of homework per grade level. First grade = 10 minutes Second grade = 20 minutes Third grade = 30 minutes You get the idea. HS is where homework goes crazy.

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