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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Standard Tests for Colleges

This is an incredibly bad idea. “A higher education commission named by the Bush administration is examining whether standardized testing should be expanded into universities and colleges to prove that students are learning and to allow easier comparisons on quality.” Haven’t standardized tests been detrimental to public schools at the grade school level? Students don’t learn anything because teachers are “teaching to the test.” College is stressful enough without an additional test imposed on students to measure the quality of their institutions of higher learning. I doubt that schools like St. John’s stand to benefit from “more accountability in higher education.” What compelled the Bush administration to contemplate interfering with higher education in this manner? Aren’t there more pressing issues, such as the gap in math and science skills between American students and students abroad, or the shortage in American engineering graduates?

9 Comments:

  • That sounds like a crappy idea. The Bush administration seems to be good at coming up with those. I think they should just start beating children until their grades get better. That's how I finally graduated.

    Oh, and you'll be happy to know I've returned to Bloggersville and I want a parade.

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 11:22 AM, February 09, 2006  

  • Remember the good ol' days when Republicans wanted to blow up the Department of Education?

    By Blogger Thomas, at 11:48 AM, February 09, 2006  

  • Wonderful. Let 'em f*ck up higher education, too.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 6:14 PM, February 09, 2006  

  • How loudly can I scream this? NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!

    If Bush runs me out of higher education, what's left? Teaching English savants? I bet there's a great market for that.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 9:41 AM, February 10, 2006  

  • update the blog more often. youre a terrible brother for letting me go to law school. thanks A LOT.

    By Blogger Katherine, at 4:01 PM, February 12, 2006  

  • Wonderful idea. At a time when the nation needs to become more innovative, let's demand that college profs teach to the test. Maybe we can lower the literacy rate in the U.S. by another 20% or so.

    By Blogger HanktheDog, at 5:58 PM, February 12, 2006  

  • I think the motivation behind this initiative is to prevent idiots from getting into the White House in the future. Obviously, there is something wrong with Yale and Harvard that they would let an illiterate buy a degree from their "prestigious" universities, therefore, we need to implement standardized testing to ensure that their graduates are able to speak intelligible English and watch TV & chew pretzels simultaneously!

    By Blogger red.hot.mamma!, at 12:23 PM, February 13, 2006  

  • My question is would this apply to all colleges and universities, or just state colleges and universities? Private high schools don't have the same standards as do public ones...

    Stupid idea. I don't like it at all.

    By Blogger Steve, at 1:38 PM, February 13, 2006  

  • Lets just say "as a teacher" that shrub and his "testing" is crap.

    Standardized testing for No Child Left Behind was based on the Houston Miracle. Oops. That miracle was dispproved when it was discovered that there was cheating going on.

    Get rid of the damn tests. Teachers need to teach, not teach kids how to take a freakin test.

    By Blogger Thomas Vickers, at 1:29 PM, February 15, 2006  

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