Tests showcase what a student has learned on a certain topic, so it should only make sense that teachers are responsible for low test scores, right? Wrong, teachers can only do so much to help out a student so the blame for low test scores shouldn’t be placed on them.
There are a lot of factors that go into whether a student does well on a test, and while teaching is definitely a factor, it’s not the only one. Students that choose not to study the material will obviously do worse than someone who did. Teachers can’t be there to watch over a student and make sure he/she studies. That responsibility falls solely on the student. Students are also just ordinary human beings that have their good days and their bad days, and even if the teacher did their job well, that test score’s going to drop if it happens to be taken on an off day. Teachers shouldn’t be held accountable for low test scores caused by factors they can’t control.
Holding teachers responsible for low test scores will force teachers to teach to the test. Students wouldn’t be able to get the full value from a course because their teachers are too focused on teaching to a test crafted by the school district. Teachers would be pressed for time trying to cram in all the material before test day, and won’t be able to teach to the best of their abilities. Instead, they’ll be worried about whether their classes’ average score is enough to keep them in a job.
I’m not saying that teachers shouldn’t be held accountable. They should, but it should have context behind it. If a student gets a low test score, compare it to their overall performance in the class. Look at performance reviews to see if the teacher teaches well or better yet, just sit in on a class. Any of these methods paint a more complete picture of a teacher.
Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for low test scores because it will ultimately have a negative impact on the students. Let teachers do their jobs without being focused on appealing to a scantron.
With the concerns floating around on how Soundcloud’s days might be numbered, I have decided to begin uploading mixes to both SoundCloud and Mixcloud effective immediately.
One mix will upload to my Mixcloud page daily until I catch up with Soundcloud, where uploads will then become weekly.
Follows and shares are greatly appreciated as I build this new account.
Long time no see, blog! I promise that I haven’t forgotten about this domain. In fact, this is a big part of today’s announcement: daily content will flow from me to the Interwebs. Here’s the schedule of what to expect:
- Monday & Friday: New posts right here on this humble abode (told you, I haven’t forgotten about it)
- Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: New videos on YouTube
- Wednesday: New post on Workaholic
- Sunday: This Week on GameChops, recapping the top geeky tunes of the week on GameSentral
This change is being made to help me do more for you. 2017 is the year of transparency, and part of that is sharing more content with you, so expect to hear more from this keyboard every single day.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on YouTube tomorrow.
Into the Wild is a must-read for all those that want to live a more nomadic lifestyle. It follows Chris McCandless as he hitchhikes his way around the nation, working odd jobs and staying in even odder circumstances, as he makes his way to his ultimate goal of Alaska. “I’m riding the rails now. What fun, I wish I had jumped trains earlier,” Chris McCandless said in a Mar. 5, 1992 letter to Jan Burress (p. 53). Krakauer does an exquisite job at capturing the sense of adventure McCandless felt while exploring his subject as a person. He also illuminates the topic of survival by using McCandless’ journal to provide a first-hand look at what it was like to be a nomad in Seattle. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor Books, 1997.
If you’re in the middle of a sightseeing session in downtown Seattle and find that nature begins to call, don’t fret about being caught without indoor plumbing. Seattle Center has several large, well-maintained restrooms: one near the entrance of the Northwest Rooms, near the southeast corner of KeyArena, and up the stairs from the Armory’s north entrance and food court’s mezzanine level. Having a large public restroom to use makes life on the road a lot more comfortable for people like Chris McCandless.
Getting around any major city is hard and often impractical without a viable transportation option. Luckily, Seattle (and the rest of the Puget Sound region) has a bevy of options. Aside from the over 200 bus lines connecting King County (home to Seattle) to the region, there are streetcars, trains, light rail, water taxis and ferries connecting the region. An ORCA (one regional card for all) card is a must-get for anyone trying to get around the region, as it works like cash across the board on most Puget Sound transportation options. This an excellent help for people like McCandless that need efficient ways to get around and a load as light and minimal as possible.