Today’s children have it harder than children of the ‘70s and ‘80s did when we were their age!
For one thing, we didn’t have high stakes standardized tests hanging
over our heads like the Sword of Damocles to the degree these youngsters
do. Sure we took standardized assessments but not nearly as many nor
did any of them mean as much. In Pennsylvania, the legislature is
threatening to withhold my students’ diplomas if they don’t pass all of
their Keystone Exams. No one blackmailed me with anything like that when
I was a middle schooler. All I had to do was pass my classes. I worried
about getting a high score on the SAT to get into college, but it
didn’t affect whether I got to graduate.
Nowadays, kids could ace every
course for all 13-years of grade school (counting Kindergarten) and
still conceivably only earn a certificate of attendance! Try using that
Moreover, my teachers back in the day didn’t rely
on me so they could continue being gainfully employed. The principal
would evaluate them based on classroom observations from time-to-time to
assess their effectiveness based on what he or she saw them doing. But
if I was having a bad day during the assessment or if I just couldn’t
grasp fractions or if I was feeling too depressed to concentrate – none
of that would affect my teacher’s job rating. None of it would
contribute to whether my teacher still had an income.
how that changes the student-teacher relationship Now kids as early as
elementary school who love their teachers feel guilty on test day if
they don’t understand...
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