On Friday the 6th of June (yesterday for most reading this) I had an epic rant about an issue with our education system yet again. A caller called in and stated, paraphrasing for brevity here,
My wife was complaining that a child was upset because he got a 33% on a test she had just given the class. She said this was in spite of the fact that she even let him use an information sheet. When I asked what that was she said she let her struggling learners write down whatever information they thought would help them on an index card and use it during the test.
Some defended this practice saying for math and some science etc. such information cards are not “cheat sheets” that one need not learn every formula, etc. They advise me to consider the context!
I did consider the context! The context is the “struggling learners“ got the CHEAT SHEET and well, the “smart kids” I guess didn’t. They all were then given the same test, the tests scored the same way, the grades of each carried the same weight and they passed or failed as equals, though they were tested as two different classes of intelligence. This is a recipe for disaster!
To help share this message I made a very simple YouTube Video of the portion of the show and you can see it below. The direct link to it on YouTube is bit.ly/legal-cheating
I also made a VERY SIMPLE info graphic to promote the video, here it is, clicking on it will give a full sized image. Please use any of this to share this message about how this type of thing is hurting our children.
Please consider carefully my closing words from this rant,
If we do not challenge our children and let them know failure they cannot know success.
If we do not lets students experience the results of apathy, they cannot know the virtue of hard work.
When we give an advantage to those who are weak we cement them for life into weakness.
Thanks to all that hold our children to higher standards, who make them work hard and challenge them, because you know they are worth it!