Friday, August 5, 2011
You can have testing or teaching - but you can't have both
But you can't see both at the same time.
This is analogous for two very different focuses in education. We can either focus on the quantifiable, obsess over counting testsandgrades and holding teachers, students and parents accountable for higher standardized test scores -- or we can focus on real learning, exemplary teaching, authentic assessment and progressive education.
But we can't do both.
Under high stakes environments, poor teaching and bad assessments will always trump real learning and authentic assessments.
You can't have both.
I'll say it again.
You. Can't. Have. Both.