Persuasive Essay On Standardized Testing

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A student’s ability should not be based on a single test score, but rather on the student’s growth through the year. Some of the wisest and most influential minds in history understood the importance of this belief. William Butler Yeats once said “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Creating a system that focuses on student’s scores is not only harmful to the children in America but to the Country as a whole.
In an effort to remain competitive with other Countries around the World, the United Sates has significantly increased the number of tests that students are required to take. Schools districts in turn have increased the amount of time children are forced to sit and learn core subjects like math and literacy
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Standardized tests in fact are necessary to any education system. These tests are used as valuable resources for improving the quality of education and for holding school systems accountable for the education they are providing their students. The problem that has developed over time is that standardized tests have become the primary focus of education instead of a tool to help guide the system. Instead of students being educated, they are instead being conformed. Noble prize winner Doris Lessing wrote “…those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” (Lessing 22) School systems are putting a value on children based on a very narrow spectrum of achievement. Instead of considering the child as a whole, they are only being considered for their performance on particular subjects at a particular time in their…show more content…
The educators in this country are worth more than the scores their students receive on a standardized test. Most Americans would agree that their entire job should not be based on one day’s work. Using standardized tests to evaluate educators is doing that exactly. Students are testing on one particular day and there is no room for interpretation. Not only is this disparaging to teachers, it is also a great disservice to students. The World is high tech and fast paced and the United States economy will greatly dependent on future innovation. Innovation will require thinking on many different levels and the ability to think outside the box. As it stands today, children are only being taught exactly what is in the box. When a child is unable to sit still during the school day they are quickly labeled as troubled or having ADHD. Imagine what the World would be like had Mozart been told to quiet down, Monet been told to stop doodling, or Einstein been told that there was only one right answer to a question. Imagine what they would have become had it been suggested they just take a pill and learn to focus on the lesson at hand. It is time the American education system stop crushing its children’s dreams and talents and start embracing them. Children are more than a test score and their minds are
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