MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

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TEACHING TO THE TEST

One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your child’s education.

(This is part 6 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented. But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment.

ACADEMIA VS. THE MARKETPLACE

There’s a cartoon that has made the rounds on the internet. In it, a human resources person sits behind a desk, interviewing an applicant.

The interviewer asks, “I see you did well in school, but what real life skills do you have?”

“Tests,” answers the applicant. “I can take tests.”

Though we might laugh at the cartoon, we recognize a real danger. Do we want to produce test takers or problem solvers?

READ MORE about our experience with college credit by examination.

Written by Stacy Farrell

Stacy Farrell

Stacy Farrell fell in love with Jesus in 1991. She has homeschooled her two sons for more than ten years with the support of her husband of more than 20 years. She cares deeply about helping students cultivate and defend a biblical worldview. To that end, she founded Home School Adventure Co. and created Philosophy Adventure, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions, Philippians in 28 Weeks, the Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal, Creative Freewriting Adventure, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy, and Celebrating Manhood. You can learn more about her at http://homeschooladventure.com

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