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?