|Scooped by Meleny Weber|
I think this cartoon encapsulates many peoples’ feelings towards standardized testing. It is about a man, cleverly named Ed Reform, who is talking to a student. He tells the student that they are going to give him a test, and if he does not do a good job, his teachers will be fired. The student interrupts Ed Reform by asking if there is any proof that the test will improve his school. Ed Reform responds by saying that his specific question is not on the test, meaning he should not worry about that. I think this is a very respectable and straightforward picture of standardized testing in our schools.
The man’s name, Ed Reform, is a play off of him being an administrator of Education Reform in the county. Supervisors administer standardized tests quite frequently. If the students do poorly on them, they view the bad grades as a reflection of the teacher. They think it is the teacher’s fault for their students’ grades. This is not true at all. So many teachers get falsely blamed for students’ poor grades and work. Students earn their own grades depending on how hard they work and study. Counties give out so many standardized tests and expect them to be an accurate way to measure the students’ intelligence. This is not true at all because every student learns in a different way, and has different strengths in school. When the student asks if this test will even help improve his school, Ed Reform avoids answering the question, because he knows it will not. The way he responds makes it seem like he does not even know the answer himself, and that the student does not need to worry about the effects. This is not true at all. I believe if students are forced to take all of these tests, then they should know why they have to, and what will come of it. I am curious to see how people can go about fighting standardized tests. I will research more to see if any schools or school districts have in fact attempted to fight the system, and their successes if they did.