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Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Caroline Staffa's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:06 PM

This is one of the most popular Ted Talks ever.  It is entitled "How schools kill creativity" by Ken Robinson.  It focuses on different types of intelligence and how schools do not allow students to appreciate their wide range of interests and talents.  He explains that too much of the education system is tailored for college acceptance only. "Children have an extreme capacity for innovation, and all kids have tremendous talents, but we squander them," say Robinson.  He does not specifically address the topic of standardized testing, but I still think it is a wonderful piece to curate for this topic because it supports the reasons why standardized testing is so widely criticized.  Standardized testing focuses on writing, reading and math.  The writing portion is not even creative writing.  Robinson says "creativity is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status."  But the education system does not, as evidenced by its focus in high-stakes testing for all students.  He goes on to say that the problem with this is that many highly talented, brilliant and creative people think that they're not because the thing they were good at in school wasnt valued."  He believes we need to change our view of what it means to be intelligent.  

 

He says, "There is not an education system on the planet that teaches dance the way we teach mathematics. Why? Why not? I think this is rather important.  I think math is very important, but so is dance.  Children dance all the time. We all do."  He then tells a story about a girl who was a very talented dancer but whose mother took her to the doctor because she could not sit still in class and was very disruptive because she was so fidgety.  She was called "hopeless" at school.  After all of the assessments, the last thing the doctor did was just play the radio and the girl started dancing immediately.  The doctor then explained there was nothing wrong with her.  She is a dancer.  She then went to dance school, and she finally fit in.  She said she had to move to think.  She graduated from the Royal Ballet School, founded her own dance company, choreographed for the best productions on Broadway, and she is multi millionaire. Robinson ends the story by saying that "another doctor might have told her to go on medication and calm down."  This story made me think so much.  This girl probably would have been much too fidgety to sit through standardized testing long enough to score well.  In addition, the standardized tests never would have highlighted her unique abilities and talents.  The tests would have most likely reported that she was average when indeed she was far from it.  

 

After hearing this story, I was really angry and upset towards the education system because I started thinking about my brother whom teachers were constantly calling my parents about.  He has always been incredibly smart, but he didn't listen to teachers or always do the assignments.  He was eventually diagosed with ADHD, and he has been on medicine for it ever since.  The medicine is designed to help him to stay on task in school and focus.  He is one of many people I know put on medicine so they can stay on task in school.  This Ted Talk made me think about whether or not his mind was meant to be focused on the predetermined skillset schools have decided he must master.  If school was not requiring him to focus on the subjects that will help him pass standardized testing, what could he be doing with his active and wandering imagination?  I think this Ted Talk really shows how unfair it is that the schools have decided what students should be good at and what is not important for them to focus on.  I agree with Robinson when he says that instead "we must educate a child's whole being." 

 

It was really interesting that he also talked about how in order to exercise creativity one must make mistakes and not be afraid of being wrong.  In our education system, through standardized testing, being wrong could cost you your future.  I know this to be true, even in college, I am so worried about completing an assignment wrong.  I try to keep my answers as close to the rubric and expectations as possible for fear of being so different that I miss the point.  He ends on an excellent note that inspired me and the audience to make changes in what we value by saying "We can only succeed now by seeing our creative capacity for the richness it is and teach our children the same."

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Kids Tell All: I Am More Than a Standardized Test (VIDEO)

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In the video series, ‘I Am Education,’ a fifth-grader opens up about the pressure he feels from high-stakes exams.

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It is a useful video because it supports  the topic and gives examples of it.  It supports it because  it has strong opinions  and it convinced me  that SAT is really bad.  It is also interesting and easy to understand. 

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Erin Mallory's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:23 PM

We can sit and preach that standardized testing is stressful and unhelpful to children but it is so much more powerful when it is coming from someone doing it at the moment. That's why I scooped this video. This video is important because it helps show the tremendous stress that students of a very young age are put under. In my opinion, too much weight is put on the tests. However, if we need to do the tests and have all the weight on them, don't let the students know how much weight is put on them.

Keep the children in the dark about why they are taking the test. Don't stress them out and I believe they'll do better. Many times the boy in the video shares that he "hopes he got the answer right" or "hopes that he did well" or knows "its a big test". If he didn't know that it was a big test, maybe he wouldn't put all the pressure on himself and just maybe he woud perform better. 

Rakhee Cherian's curator insight, December 8, 2013 1:27 AM

This video takes a clear side to standardized testing. And allows me to look into it from an important perspective: one of an actual student. Adults often discuss standardized testing and their opinions about it. But who is mostly affected by the testing is students. So its good to hear an opinion who is actually being affected. I appreciated that at the end of the article they acknowledged the purpose of testing and why they use it and then uses a counter argument to expand on their point. The video also allowed me to see a journey from the student. From when he had his dream to how testing made it difficult to achieve to finally realizing that he isnt defined by a test. And I think that is something that is important for students to realize. I remember many experiences where I wouldnt achieve the result that I was looking for and somehow believed that it meant I was just a failure. But allowing students to realize that it doesnt have to be true allows for us to take a step back and just approach testing with a new perspective. I would like to explore how to reform testing in order to make it fair to everyone. 

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Dan Rather Reports, "Teaching to the Test" Excerpt

Saying it's a waste of time, teachers in Seattle are refusing to give standardized tests to high schoolers because the tests don't effectively assess student...

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This is a useful source because it has various reasons why standardize tests are bad. It has interviewed people and teachers. it is not to emotional. This video makes sense and proper sixth grade language. I like it because it is understanding.

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Allissa Purkey's curator insight, December 8, 2013 7:57 PM

  Even teacher's believe that standardized testing is not useful for students.  Teachers in Seattle believe that the MAP test does more harm then good.  One teacher who was interviewed states that the test does not even follow the curriculm that the teachers teach.  He also states that he would speak to Algebra teachers and they would say that Geometry would be on the test as well.  For me I do not understand why the people who make the test would think it would be a good idea to put a different subject on a test that is testing the students on something else.  As one teacher stated when they were boycotting the test that the test created a society of inequality and unfairness.  He is absolutely right especially in the sense of unfairness.  How do the people who create the test think that it is fair to test students on something else when students prepare for the test by studying what they believe is on the test.  Students would not think that Geometry would be on an Algebra test so they do not take the time to study a bit of Geometry.  Which is exactly what I would do.  If I am taking an Algebra test the only thing I would be studying to prepare for the test is Algebra.  It is great that teachers, students, parents, etc. are taking a stand against these standardized test.  The Administration needs to realize that these tests hurt the students rather then helps.  I have to wonder if the Administration will change the way these tests are given?  Will they now create tests that only test the students on what it says it will be testing rather then have questions that have no business being on the test?  The fact that people are now fighting against these tests may very well change how the tests are given and what is actually on the test.  Standardized test may very well not be the same as they are today in the future. 

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Standardized Testing

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Standardized Testing, About.com Teaching

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This article is one of the best articles I've read simply because it hooks me into reading more and follows all checklist points. The 2 things I liked best about this article was that it gives a lot of links to usefull pages in bolded words in which he chose the most important. Also to be a neutrual article it's really good because he does not go in favor of one but gives good reasons for both.

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Rakhee Cherian's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:58 AM

This article begins to explore actual opinions about standardized testing. And allowed me to look from two different perspectives. After getting some knowledge about standardized testing it is good to see some actual opinions about it. Also this article shows that a person does not necessarily have to be against or for standardized testing. It is possible to find issues and some good purposes as well. While I do appreciate the chance to do some comparisons about standardized testing this article did bring up some questions. Such as what is an effective way to test students so that we still have the pros while improving on the cons. The articles mentions on how it allows comparisons. But comparisons about what? And is having comparisons truly a good thing? What is the purpose of the comparison. I included this article because it allowed me to look at different perspectives. And also it allowed me to start truly making some camparison and look at opinions. And it allows me to look further into other explorations. 

Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 15, 2014 8:23 AM

I put this article because it really good it has a lot of information.Also you can reed some consequences like closing the school. This information has been written by a school or teachers saying there experience.  

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Rethinking Assessment

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With few exceptions, all the things our children are using to connect and learn outside the classroom -- social media, cell phones, Internet connections -- are banned inside classrooms. In my kids' c

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These source is useful because it has a lot of reasons of why standardize test is problem today because of teens. It has good grammar and is not overly emotional. This article has some solutions suggested. This article is very convincing

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Allissa Purkey's curator insight, December 8, 2013 7:25 PM

  In this article Richardson talks about that standardized tests need to ask question that cannot be found on the internet.  Questions that students of course would not think to remember because it will not effect their everyday life.  For instance in New York there was a question asking, "Which geographic feature impacted the development of the Gupta Empire?"  What student would think to study that.  If a question like that was asked in everyday life then all a person would have to do was pull out their phone and within ten seconds they will know the answer.  These tests should have more thinking critically then memorizing a bunch of information would allow them to be assessed more properly.  Students should also be asked questions that show how well students answer the questions and how literate they are from the good information from the bad information.  I think this is a great idea.  Why would people create a test that asks questions that a student would never think to study?  Also creating tests that actually see how well students are able to answer a question actually allows them to properly be assessed then just bubbling in an answer.  I have to wonder would teachers like this new style of standardized tests?  Do they also believe it would be better for students or not?  Thirdly do students think that taking this type of test would be good for them?  I mean coming from a student any type of standardized test is aweful.  You have to stress all year and if you do not pass you have to stress even more for the next years tests in order to make sure you graduate on time.

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Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense Infographic

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The Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense Infographic takes a close look at the over-testing of students and showcases an argument that standardized tests don’t make sense. http://elearninginfographics.com/why-standardized-tests-dont-make-sense-infographic/


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This is a good infographic because it supports the idea that there shouldnt be SAT it also gives examples and has good spelling.

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Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:53 AM

This source is useful because it explains the reasons why Standardized Tests are bad and a waste of money. The article comes from a college website and it didn't talk only about the test in college also in elementary school, and high school. Reading this article I saw things I never knew about Standardized Tests. I liked how the article included drawings and pictures to explain better. This makes it a good article  to read.

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Escaping the Dark Ages of Standardized Testing - Huffington Post

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Escaping the Dark Ages of Standardized Testing
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Standardized tests have gotten a bad rap, and for good reason.

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This article is good to choose for an assignment because it is simple and easy to read for kids at my age and tells small stories about the topic which makes it easy to read. This article in my opinion it would be perfect if it didn't have emotional words but the rest is really good.

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"Animal Testing" Comic

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They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words...and in my opinion this picture captures the essence of standardized testing in one: HAHA!

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This picture  has appropriate 6th grade languages ,has good grammar and spelling , makes sense, avoid overly emotional words ,and tells a story. Its simple and gives good information, and has a strong description 

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Caroline Staffa's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:12 PM

This is a drawn cartoon that shows the irony of asking completely different students to take the exact same test and calling it a fair assessment.  When I first saw this cartoon in EDCI 280, I felt supported and stood up for by other people who recognize the issues with standardized testing.  The first quote that came to my mind was "Everybody is a genius, but if you try to teach a fish to climb a tree, he will live his whole life believing he is stupid," by Albert Einstein.  I chose to curate this cartoon because I think it simplifies yet perfectly exemplifies the arguments against standardized testing.  

 

I started thinking about how, to me, this is so ironic because the monkey got very lucky that the exam focuses on his strong suit, but the fish was one of the most unlucky.  The subject was chosen so arbitrarily that it could have easily been on who could stay under water the longest in which case the fish would have thrived. In my opinion and in my reaction; that is all that standardized testing entails: luck.  Some of these animals have the natural ability, aptitude and resources to climb the tree just as some students in our society have the natural ability, aptitude and resources to pass the standardized tests.  Choosing the assessment of climbing a tree is almost as arbitrary as what students are tested on.  According to "Stop the War against Standardized Testing," the choice of testing subjects are compared to the choice of national survey participants.  Survey participants are chosen AT RANDOM in order to represent the opinions of a nation.  Using this logic, someone who so strongly supports standardized admitted that subjects for the tests are arbitrary chosen to represent  the whole of a students' knowledge.  This just seems completely ridiculous to me. I was not one of the lucky people who was able to get a good enough score on the SATs to get accepted into my top choice colleges.  I had everything except the test score.  I hated that I needed a certain way of thinking to succeed on the exam.  I knew that I had other intelligences such as creative writing, psychology and history.  Where were those skills assessed on my SATs?  How is it possible to measure  and predict a student's entire future and success in college when we only test them on a few skills?  I always knew I wanted to major in a humanity or social science in college so how could my success as a social science major ever be predicted by how well I can do math?  To bring this all back to this cartoon, I think it is a lot like asking: how can a fish be measured by its ability to climb a tree?

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Standardized Testing | Diary of a Public School Teacher!

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Posts about Standardized Testing written by Oldschoolteach

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This article had stories to support it ,include links to other websites that say  more detail of the issue , avoid emotional words ,but actual solutions,had proper grammar and spelling , and it had the 6th grade reading level .

 

 

 

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Caroline Staffa's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:14 PM

This blog is written by a teacher of 27 years who mainly focuses on her thoughts of standardized testing, which include topics such as its impacts on her students, how it effects her teaching and the various types of standardized testing.  Some of the titles of her articles are "I suffer from FEOA- Fear of Education Acronyms," "I am not a "highly effective" teacher- test scores have spoken!" and "Teachers, Targets and Test Scores!"  These articles show a teacher's passionate reactions to all of the testing she and her students must go through and how she is defined by "arbitrary targets."  I decided to curate this article because some of the articles claimed that standardized testing is great way to measure a teacher's effectiveness yet I think it is important to hear directly from a teacher about her experiences with standardized testing.  

 

An article that I would like to focus on is "I am not a "highly effective" teacher- test scores have spoken!"  According to her students' test scores she was evaluated as an effective teacher, not a highly effective teacher.  What I found most ironic about this article was that she posted an infographic along with this article that listed 22 qualities of a highly effective teacher such as encouragement, using music and art, energizing, investigating, reaching out to parents and globalizing information just to name a few.  "Get good standardized test scores" is not one of the qualities listed.  She responds to this by saying, "It bothers me that I am forced to accept a label that does not describe the type of teacher I am. It bothers me that I am forced to accept a label that is tied to test scores, and not actually how I perform in my classroom."  I think it is so interesting that her views of standardized testing are basically exactly the same as my own even though mine are from a student's perspective and she has the teacher's perspective.  Both students and teachers have to be labeled by these test results, which is unrepresentative of how hard they work together every day in the classroom.  I support this teacher's views that one test with arbitrary target scores cannot possibly measure a teacher's effectiveness or a students' abilities.  

 

She also wrote an article that expresses her support for what the teachers and students at Garfield High as shown in the YouTube video also curated on this page.  She writes, "I admire the teachers of Garfield High so much! What they have done and are still doing is amazing! Not only amazing, but very brave. In the scheme of things, everyone might not see what they are doing as heroic.  However, as an educator, in this economy, in this toxic environment, the fact that these teachers stood up, and against, standardized testing by saying, "No, we won't!" is heroic in my eyes!"  After reading the blog of an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher combined with the video of Garfield High teachers, I support teachers in finding better ways to assess both them and their students.  It makes me very nervous to enter a field with so many teachers protesting such a large aspect of the system. Reading her blog also intimidates me from being a teacher a little because I am nervous that I will not be able to help my students reach the targets on their standardized tests.  I do not want that to define whether or not I am a good teacher so I stand behind current teachers who are fighting because they should not be definited by a number score either.  

 James Popham's article "Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Equality," which is curated on this page supports these teachers ascertations that standardized test scores do not accurately measure or predict the type of teacher or quality of teacher that they are.

 

Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:59 AM

This source is  useful because it was written by a 27 year old teacher and she explains   her experience. and  the put a lot of links and  comics.In addition she said some things that made you reflect.I thought that testing wasn't  so annoying for teachers but it is.