T-33: Testing is not Teaching
Teaching is not testing, and testing is not teaching. Yet we judge a child’s mastery of skills and content, and a teacher’s performance and ultimate worth, on a handful of questions answered in one tiny window of time. We are told not to miss the forest for the trees, and yet we hyperfocus on one tree and see not the beauty and grandeur of the forest as a whole. Then we bemoan how students in other nations outperform us, when they typically are homogeneous cultures who test only their best and brightest, and we are a diverse plurality of ethnic and cultural backgrounds who test every student, whether they speak English at home, or are bound to a wheelchair, or have to have every word of the test read slowly aloud to them. Remember that, please.