The school system is built upon assessment. It’s constantly assessing it’s students, giving them grades based on how well they match up to standards. No child left behind, race to the top, and common core are fundamentally based high stakes testing, evaluating students through their performance on multiple choice exams.
I’m not pointing fingers toward anyone specifically, but merely adding to a meaningful conversation that gets people to critically think about current system of education. I am not bashing on teachers, students or administrators in any way shape or form.
What is school for?
From a perspective that holds the grand scheme of economies and cultures in mind, the role of schools is to facilitate development of children into productive and powerful members of society by providing them with opportunities and access to resources for their learning.
The whole premise of education is to provide instruction so that children are prepared with knowledge and insight to the past, present, and future of our world.
However, the approach that most schools take is that they assess students like factories test products. As Ethan Young so eloquently put it, it works for products, transportation, etc, why doesn’t it work with students?
Check out this interview I did with NBC’s Education Nation to hear some more perspectives on college.