This argument goes along with the other two mentioned and explained above. There isn’t much that is positive to say about these assessments. It places so much pressure on students to perform well and pressure on teachers to teach what is going to be on the test. This brings negative energy to classrooms. An article by Greg Jouriles helps explain why we don’t need these tests.
The problem with that, is the student as an individual is lost in test scores and mundane information. Although education provides the fundamentals of life for students with subjects such as reading and math, a stronger emphasis on the student’s individual learning abilities and interests would greatly improve America’s education system. Somewhere along the lines we lost sight of the importance of individuality
Today, public schools follow a set of standards called Common Core. Despite its good intention, Common Core could potentially do more harm than good. Common Core standardized tests for example create stress and pressure for students and teachers. If students fail the tests they might have to retake the grade, and the teachers of those students are held responsible. Common Core is not necessary as other countries, like Finland for example, has successful students without the need for tests like the standardized
An average school day for elementary school is from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., five days a week. Also, middle school and high school go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A common misconception is that teachers only work from the time school starts until the time school ends. Furthermore, most of society is convinced that teaching is all fun and games, they could not be more wrong. Teachers work day in and day out on lesson plans, paper work, analyzing data, tests, and more. Being a teacher in this day and age is even tough.
Many concerns regarding academic failure within the United States regarding the inability to rival other countries, has greatly increased yearly due to the lack of clear support for teachers and students within the Traditional School Calendar. With the implementation of the Year – Round or “Balanced Calendar”, students have been given the opportunity to close those unnecessary gaps between school years and begin to even out “in-school” time throughout the year. Many parents and teachers consider this division of time conflicting when dealing with scheduling of community programs or additional summer employment opportunities, along with the cost becoming too great to keep students within the walls of the school for longer periods of time. Realities have become quite clear regarding the educational uplift other countries receive due to the consistent nature in which they implement strategic learning opportunities. The benefits and opportunities behind keeping children on a more regular schedule will greatly out-weigh the extensive summer break in terms of the student’s acceleration process, cost to local schools, districts support, family time, student and teacher attendance as well as the academic gap that continues to plague the United States today.