But seriously America has too many test for kids. John Oliver had a good segment on it.
@TheCommandoSnail, God, I love John Oliver. I recently watched a video about how chicken farmers have shjtty jobs and it's hilariously depressing.
@TheCommandoSnail, Well not in Florida. Most kids here don't pay attention in class and fool around, and should have a fair test so only the smart kids get put in good classes. It is based on GPA where you go, and a lot of stupid undeserving kids go into good classes rather than classes where they need to go to.
@TheCommandoSnail, we also teach to much at the same time (different classes), take very little into consideration when it comes to learning, and try to teach everyone like they are all going to wind up in the same place. The European model for learning is as good as it is for a reason.
@Lt Dubble Bubble, that's pretty much everywhere, I live in Florida and went to high school there btw, it becomes more about playing the system than learning: I realized that my freshman year and started giving zero shjts about in class work when it got in the way of my music or learning at home (from online lectures for free). My grades plummeted but I applied for the local community college my sophomore year (and went there junior year) so that I was basically going to college free, but kept music classes at the school, dropped out of high school the day before the last of high school and the college gave me my AA and GED at the same time, and I got in FSU (where I am now). Currently working on a music major and a medical research major, before I ship out to Germany to finish the medical degree and start a read watch company.
@The Megaton Bomb, The government spent less on my education than the average student and I have a brighter future than the top 1% of high school students, all because I fought the broken system and put emphasis on what I got out of a class than what the grade says.
@Lt Dubble Bubble, issue is, even with the tests, people still get put in the wrong classes because parents complain when other kids get 'special' treatment and its 'unfair' and schools don't want to deal with that so they just give in to the parents demands
@TheCommandoSnail, My concern isn't on how the education system in our country teaches us, but rather on the useless crap they do teach us. They could inform us on our thirty human rights, teach us to perform first aid, explain how to pay taxes and buy a house, but instead they think it's important to know that plants are green because of chlorophyll, that Shakespeare wrote in a form called Iambic Pentameter, and that a^2+b^2=c^2. Granted, some things they teach us in our core classes are useful, like proper grammar, basic arithmetic, and the causes of current events, but otherwise it's all garbage that I will only ever need when I take the unit test on it. Students need more say in their education, because if they don't then soon enough society will be composed entirely of people who can't change the stupid education system into something useful.
Though I test extremely well, there needs to be an improvement in schools and test in America. We need a government that cares about education
@Adolphin Hitler, that's the thing though. They don't WANT us to be smart.
@Adolphin Hitler, my test scores are off the charts, however.....homework dragged down my grades significantly due to my nature as an absent-minded procrastinator
@Magnamon, I hear ya
China isn't a good judge of education considering they only take records from schools in certain areas rather than the entire country
@HeyitsHei, they also only let certain students continue their education
Germany scraps tuition fees for all universities.
Politicians say charging young people for education is ‘socially unjust’. Hear that, UK?
Spend money on teachers? Pfffth we need that money for tanks and bombs
@rabid aviator, America could have literally the best teachers world wide if they put even one fifth of the defense budget towards schools. That's what I don't understand about this country. People are up in arms about illegal immigrants or poor people getting to abuse government handouts when the government is squandering 150x the entire welfare department on brand new fighter jets and Tanks.
@IAmIcarus, I agree 100%
@IAmIcarus, best part is that almost all of the money goes to the military's toys and not the actual military and its members
@Antclift1, even when they do it right they don't do it right
@IAmIcarus, overall govt spending on education (federal, state, and local) is about the same as overall spending on the military.
@Toad, $150 billion on education at all levels and $650 billion on defense spending
@IAmIcarus, 149 billion in Federal spending on education. State spending is 284. Local is 549. Total of 922. (Per www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_education_spending_20.html) and
It's not educators that push for standardized tests it is politicians who have no idea how education works nor have they been in a classroom since high school.
Private school *throws hands in air* but we do get a fvcking ton of homework which kind of sucks.
You will never educate a large percentage of a class by standardizing tests. I have taught and different things motivate different children. The key isn't testing, it's finding out what motivates each child to learn. I disgusted me to have a class of 5th graders to find out that 30% of the class didn't know how to read. Not couldn't , they weren't taught how to.
I like standardized tests. I test well...
@Pope Temporal, I do to but I know plenty of people who miss out on a lot of college opportunities because they don't test well even though they're pretty smart
@Pope Temporal, Same, but we are the minority
@Pope Temporal, they require very little knowledge so that explains why you're so good at them (please don't slaughter me, I'm attempting a burn)
@Captain Kirk Hinrich, oi mate watchu say bout me. I'll have you know my waifu graduated top of her class in killing people. Nah man, it's cool.
While I'm all for a better education, I think America needs to get its shjt together in international affairs. When the war breaks out in a year or so, I'll probably flee to Canada and slurp on a syrup-shake while riding a moose.
There's actually a school somewhere in Europe that allows its students complete freedom. They can come and go whenever they want and don't have to be there if they don't want to. It actually works because the students know they aren't forced to be there and then decide they want to learn.
Acceptance into high school and college is completely based on ur standardized test score in China. And there is plenty of homework.
Homework is just supposed to keep you busy so you stay out of trouble
Like if you took stinkin PARCC
In Canada we get 2 hours to do the written portion of the language arts essay but only 85 minutes to write an entire essay
Lol I never took an SAT and here I am in college.
My school's making us take the Smarter Balance test as a requirement to graduate next year. Seriously, I don't want to do it at all, it's so stupid! Smh
@douchenozzle, we tested the trial version of that last year. It's really dumb! I feel sorry for all the kids who will be in high school in ten years and have 3x as many tests
@kevins micro dongs, it's set in concrete now. Some of the teachers took the test last year and said it was too difficult for them.
Ugh I hate standardized tests. Just being timed in every section freaks me out. I could do so much better if I had unlimited time. And I thought I was done with those by college but NOPE. One more
Literally just watched a TED talk about this in my psych class
We still have homework here in Finland.
Apparently many Finnish people have disproved this all over the Internet