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Standardized Testing

September 25, 2012

A lot of debate has transpired in the past decade about standardized testing for our students. A myriad of options and opinions surround the discussion. Are we really testing teachers? Are we asking the right questions? Are we merely inviting teachers to teach the right test answers and not how to really learn? What do we actually learn from the scores? What other factors impact test scores, economics, health, mobility, etc.?

Seems like everyone agrees we need some way to evaluate how our education system is doing, but few can agree on how to do it. Even more, what really do we want to evaluate?

Most people, no matter what their spiritual persuasion, desire to be able to experience what they would call spiritual growth. Does what I believe in and practice really make a difference in my life? If it does, how can I evaluate it? And, am I evaluating the right stuff!?

Here is a posting from the Renovaré Facebook page that offers one assessment.

“If you want a good litmus test of your spiritual growth, simply examine the nature and quality of your relationships with others. Are you more loving, more compassionate, more patient, more understanding, more caring, more giving, more forgiving than you were a year ago? If you cannot answer these kinds of questions in the affirmative and, especially, if others cannot answer them in the affirmative about you, then you need to examine carefully the nature of your spiritual life and growth.” M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. Invitation to a Journey, page 42.

Do you think this is a good ‘test’? How do you grade yourself? Which way is your grade going? How would people you know grade you?

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