Originally Posted by Philip
I can understand why there is standardised testing in an underesourced public school system, but what i still don't understand is why we still have it in undergrad?
Education spending has gone through the roof.. it isn't underfunded at all.
I went to a private school through 6th grade where funding was even less. It was a very small private school, and teachers made less than the public school teachers. When I transferred to a public school, I had to retake pre-algebra and algebra. Not because I didn't know it, but because the school district wouldn't let me take 9th grade math in 7th grade like a private school would.
Those standardized tests are painfully easy. I found some samples online yesterday when I first read this article. The 10th grade ones are simple word problems, do you know the equation of a line, etc.
You want to know why kids do bad? Look at the kids who go to college for teaching. I had a lot of dormmates who were teaching majors. Their math classes were a joke, and they hated math. How can they inspire kids to love math or to do well in it if they don't understand or appreciate it?