All sarcasm aside, well maybe just most of it aside, Obama did make some good points on this. Ever since Every Kid Dragged Along (No Child Left Behind), I've been telling people that more standardized testing in education is not the answer. Like the president alluded to, standardized testing mostly just assesses how well a kid can take a standardized test.
I mean seriously, how much do you remember from the SAT? Or how about the Proficiency Test (dating myself)? I remember specifically that there was a citizenship portion on the Ohio Proficiency Test, and I know for fact that most people I've talked to don't know a god damned thing about American Government. But they were tested on it, right?
Although I want to have Obama's oreo babies for shitting on standardized tests, I don't fully agree with everything he said here. He mentioned something about interests having to do with education. There's this movement in education, and I think it might have started in the 50's, where we all of the sudden need to play to kids' interests in school to get them to learn.
"I wonder if Boner plays WoW. He's
probably a pussy ally pally. Or a
drood . . ."
"Edutainment . . . " that's a dirty word in real intellectual circles. It's like shouting "I fucked a gutter whore," in the middle of Mass, right before the priest washes his hands. The problem isn't that education is boring, the problem is that American tard-culture is impressing upon them the idea that it is boring. Video games, partying, and facebook are all far more entertaining, and therefore more important than education. What is the product of that? Jersey Shore.
I got this from an ad about the horiffic consequences
of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.