test

“Testing,
one
two
three–
is anybody listening?

Read the question, then answer
A, B, or C,
if you have no idea, just
use our patented guessing strategy–
But remember
you’re only penalized for a wrong answer,
nothing bad happens if you choose nothing.

See, you have the safety of not trying
in order to avoid losing that quarter point,
no need to take a risk, just skip it.”

Why are we teaching to tests
that penalize guessing,
and distill knowledge
into a number?

Shouldn’t we
be spending less time
teaching for testing and
more time
teaching?

It all makes sense
from a political perspective
because great test-takers
are easier to handle
than great thinkers.

2 Comments

  1. Great piece, and ohhhh so true! Thank goodness, I went to school in an age where if you didn’t know it, you at least got something for guessing (even if it was a frowny face sticker :( )

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