As November quickly approaches I feel myself being drawn more and more into the political sphere. After all, this will be the first Presidential election that I can vote in and I want to do it right! However because I am not associated with any particular political party I find it difficult to find which candidate I agree with more. Obama or Romney? Since I’ve seen Obama in action as POTUS my focus has mostly shifted to Romney, a candidate that I don’t know much about. I came across this video on Youtube (called the dibbley-do??) and decided that I would like to comment on it.
First off, I think I can see where he’s coming from (I like to try to view things from a perspective as objectively as possible). Essentially, he wants to have higher standards for children in the school system so that they can succeed once they go out into the world. However, I think he may be a little off as to how to approach things. One thing that he mentioned multiple times is the importance of standardized testing. Now I’ve been rather vocal about my dislike for testing (I’ll save the rant for some other time). It also scares me that my job may possibly be dependent on how well students are able to perform on a test. I can still be a good teacher even if my focus is not on testing.
My roommate said the other night that “teaching and education is an art, not a science”. I agree with him whole heartedly. I think that teaching is an ongoing process that involves a lot of fine tuning and crafting. The problem with Romney’s approach is that he approaches education like a science or a statistic. I think that when you start assigning statistics to things such as teaching, you are not going to get a very accurate read out of what is actually going on. So what is the best approach to see how effective schools/teachers are? I don’t know the right answer. I’m not in politics for a reason, but I just know that so much emphasis on standardized testing is not the way to go.
Until next time,