11 Jan 2016
Over the course of many years, it can be evident that students have been exposed to an array of tests. Right off the bat in elementary school kids are introduced to STAR testing, and are also put in GATE programs that highlight a child’s academic strengths. In todays’ society education is being measured by the wrong standards leading to a more unrealistic system. Although a common core like standardized testing can be a mandatory shaping tool, it puts an immense amount of pressure and stress on the student, as well as everyone having different ways of learning.
It is apparent that in a typical student’s life they will be introduced to a large array of tests. Some of these short, some are long, some are for critical learning, and some are just objective. According to James Popham book, Educational Leadership, he explains that, “The most common examples of the SAT-I and the ACT both of which attempt to forecast how well students perform in college.” Meaning, although this gives educators a good idea of how they are progressing, it is evident it isn’t exemplifying the student’s overall intelligence. Therefore, this leads to an immense amount of stress on the student. Pathos is an obvious rhetorical appeal because this stress can also affect not only the student, but also the teacher in regards to putting emphasis on the importance of a high score. These students are also encouraged not to miss any school on testing days as well, for the most part. Concluding in students attending school ill, or unable to test to their full ability.
Another prime reason standardized testing is proving to be a more objective system, is that everyone has a different way of learning. Some are visual learners, some are verbal learners, and some simply learn by reading. By making these tests where everyone is supposed to know the same basic material and information, results to the examiners expecting...