#9: Public Schools Prioritize Testing Over Learning
Students are not the only ones being graded in public school. Today’s teachers may be given bonuses or they may be terminated depending upon how their students score on year-end standardized tests. Because of the pressure to maintain job security, teachers cannot afford for their students to do poorly on tests and, therefore, teachers must faithfully follow the state approved Teacher’s Text (from which the test questions are derived) even if the teacher believes he or she has a better idea of what students really need to know than does the Teacher’s Text. Priorities have changed from students learning what a teacher deems important to teachers trying their best to prepare students for tests and, thereby, remain employed.
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