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Teaching to the test

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Keywords: high stakes testing  high stakes tests teaching to the the test korea suicide, narrowing of curriculum; narrowed curriculum


http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/653808 A new study on teacher “quality” shows that post-secondary teachers who did best in terms of their students' value-added test scores did worst in terms of their students being able to succeed in more advanced course work. The authors hypothesize that this is the result of “teaching to the test” which hurts the ability of students to engage in “deep learning.” This is one more piece of evidence revealing how the incredibly simple-minded approach of Bloomberg/Klein/Duncan/Gates and the rest of the Billionaire’s Boys Club to teacher evaluation may have destructive long term impacts. Their excessively narrow view of learning attempts to impose a narrow and damaging model on teaching.


Sept. 2007 Article:  Student performance trends in Ontario:  College student performance declining over time, quite possibly attributable to the a shift in Ontaria elementary and secondary schools to emphasizing memorized knowledge over conceptual and analytical thinking skills.  "Elementary and high schools spend so much time on the content-laden curriculum that students are unprepared for the analytic and conceptual thinking they'll need at university"


Article School Board President Michael DeBell, Seattle Time May 7 2010 guest column; Title: Korea's lessons for Seattle Public Schools and beyond...

  • See this article, and then see comments. 
  • URL:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2011810528_guest08debell.html 
  • Examples of comments:
    • [May 8 12:13 pm] I taught English in Korea about 10 years ago - while it may be true that the test scores are higher than in the US I doubt that most American's would advocate adopting much from the Korean system. The kids I taught were exhausted, sleeping too much was a sure indicator that you weren't studying enough. Since the bar was so high to get into college, the kids were tracked for college (or not) in middle school. The kids tracked for college worked extremely hard to pass the test. Then college, for many, was party time. I think you can't just [base] education system success on test scores alone. That's not to say I believe the American system doesn't need improvement.
    • [May 8 12:12 pm] I taught in the Korean education system for a few years. Most Korean parents send their children to the hagwans so that they can compete with the other students who are all cramming for their college entrance exams. There is very little "learning".  Most kids (including those ages 8 and 9) go to school from 7 am to 3 pm, then go to various hagwans until 10 or 11 pm, come back home and study until 2 or 3 am.  Furthermore, a lot of the Korean teachers I was around (not all, but several) accepted envelopes of money from parents as bribes... Ironically, a lot Korean parents try their best to send their kids to the U.S. or Canada for school in order to escape the intensity of being a student in Korea. 
    • [May 8 4:47 pm.  This is a lengthy comment and worth reading in its entirety. Here is just the 1st third of the comment] "As several has pointed out, the author of this article is rather cluless about the Korean system. For one, standardized testing is very heavily relied upon. The college entrance exam is very, VERY, VERY important to ones success, not just in your educational life, but it will effect your whole life directly. If you do not get into a good school you are relegated to menial work with little pay for the rest your life. At least Korea can bragg about having the best educated factory line workers in the world. Also, because so much emphasis are placed on entering college, Korea has the largest suicide rate for teenagers in the world...." 
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