Boxes: Possibilities and limits
What do you see here?
This morning I sent my son off to school to face a week of K-Prep testing. Five straight days of filling in bubble sheets for hours. And as if that was not bad enough, after four days of multiple-choice tests on the fifth day he and his classmates will spend the day completing on-demand writing tasks. Who decided that a week of bubble sheets and hours of testing was good preparation for writing? The problems with on-demand writing are many and everyone who knows anything about writing knows that it does not give us any accurate information about writing ability – so the powers-that-be compound the problem by making it the final task of a long, exhausting, stressful week? Makes perfect sense in the education universe I expect, but it only serves to prove my point (yet again) that our current system of education is not about learning at all.