Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Standardized Testing...Blah!

Today was our first day of the dreaded standardized testing.  I am VERY grateful to my friend Dustin who offered to administer these tests for us, but truly, I would rather be doing so many other things with our time!

Garrison has taken two of these tests before, but this is the first time for Alex and Trey.  Thankfully, this isn't required in our state.  I did this for two reasons: 1. I need scores for Garrison to enter him in a homeschool National Honor's Society and 2. I want all the boys to get familiar with this method of testing before mandatory college tests begin.

We are doing it...but I don't have to like it.  Smile.  Good practice I suppose, and hey, we get to see great friends through the process!

We'll see what results are yielded.  I just don't like a test that can't truly measure what my children DO know...only what parts of that test they do not know.  What's important to me for my childrens' lives is different from what test-makers view as important.

I always keep in mind that if anything worse than the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks happen and our country is hit hard, so much in our culture will change.  What will my sons need to know in those days?  What will be of importance outside of the "American" way?  I think of this nearly every single day because I so believe these are the times we are living in now.

Then yesterday, two bombs explode at the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon.  One more thing to convince me that yes, I am definitely on the right track, focusing on the correct things.  Academic knowledge is important, but it is most certainly NOT the end all, be all.

Above anything else, I want my sons focused on God and His plan for the world...on Jesus and what He did for all mankind...on others and how to help them know their value to God.  Knowledge can certainly help them, but more importantly, they need true wisdom, which begins with the fear of the Lord.  

No standardized test measures what I know, beyond doubt, is most important.  And so...if focusing on those vital things leaves them with "holes" in what "they" think my sons should know, well, I just can't really care.  I must equip them for the days they are living in and what will help them to stand if anything crazier happens...and my guess is that it will.

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