Don't blame the teachers. Blame the corporate system that is still training compliant workers who test well. -Seth Godin, Linchpin
How the system defines success:
How many times in real life are we measured by one test. Yet policy makers
have the audacity to let the future of children who are 8 and 9 years old rest
on a score on one standardized test.
Seth Godin proposes that our system punishes artist and rewards bureaucrats instead. In the state of Ohio we will soon be punishing many of our youngest artists. But who is really failing here? It's not the children, it's the adults, the policy makers are failing the children by telling 8 or 9 years old that they have failed. They are being told they have failed because on one day they did not accomplish the desired score on a test that they had to spend 2 1/2 hours of their lives taking. Our policy makers are punishing our artists. We must stop this!
Success or failure is not defined in 2 1/2 hours. Success or failure should not be defined by policy makers. There are countless ways to define success and countless reasons to take risks and potentially fail, none of which can be measured by a standardized test.
How I define success
1. Taking a risk.
3. Learning from failures.
8. Problem solving.
12. Stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Some of the most successful people we know have first failed. However, I refuse to allow my teachers or my students to base success or failure on a standardized test. We will create plenty of opportunities for ourselves and our students that are worth failing. A 2 1/2 hour test is not one of them.
How do you define success?
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.