When Did High Test Scores Reflect Student Success?

I mentioned Suli Breaks and his Youtube video “Why I Hate School But Love Education” in my blog post “A Student’s Revelation & The Calm To Follow.” His poems inspired me to chase after my dream of starting my own business and producing my DVD because his message to students is that a college degree does not automatically equal success and a lack of college education does not automatically equal failure. In another video, “I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate,” Breaks speaks directly to students and asks, “How many times have you remembered something 5 minutes just after the teacher said, “Stop writing” only to receive your results a month later to realize that you were only 1 mark short of the top grade? Does that mean remembering 5 minutes earlier would’ve made you more qualified for a particular job?” My answer would be no, though Breaks points out that, unfortunately, on an application form it would.

“I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate.” – Suli Breaks

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For months I have advertised my idea for integrating social media into the education system and have, therefore, suggested the need for a reform in education. I have stated students do not enjoy school, as it does not teach them–us–the information appropriate for our 21st century workforce. I have argued students’ methods of compiling a plethora of information before an exam, regurgitating facts for that final A, and then dumping out the material before consuming another load for the next semester. Despite the fact that I  have previously written a post about the changes coming to the SAT in 2016, this is simply not enough. What I am calling for is a complete overhaul of the education system’s current regulations and standards, as well as the messages they send to students.

As many educators are aware, many students today lack passion and interest in their own education. To them, learning is another mundane action that leads to no benefits or gratification. However, what would happen if they were able to personalize their education and pursue their personal interests while still meeting state standards? Would they not be more motivated to continually gather more information about topics that relate to their interests? Would this method not reinvigorate students’ love for learning?

I understand that it takes two to tango: Not only do the teachers need to prepare the student for the opportunities they will be given when utilizing social media for professional use and exploring their own interests/future careers, but the students themselves need to be receptive to the information and “101 guides” on how to properly maneuver these new forums they will be given, such as social media sites and the freedom and responsibility to make good choices. But do we students not deserve it?

Do we not deserve the opportunity to expand our learning past the four walls of a traditional classroom? Do we not deserve to be encouraged to follow our dreams, to be invigorated with the messages our forefathers sent us about chasing after what you believe in and standing up for your rights? Do we not deserve a chance to be more successful than those who have walked before us?

We, as the future generations and the future of this society, nation, and world, deserve these opportunities. Because these opportunities will not solely benefit us and our future wealth and success. These opportunities to be creative, innovative, professional, and entrepreneurial will not only inspire us to continue learning and researching about the newest technologies available for our respective careers but will inspire us to create the next software company that is 100% free of scams and viruses, to develop the cure for diseases such as AIDS and cancer, to join together as one in hopes that we will create a better future for our own children and the generations to follow in our footsteps. My mother and countless other parents around the world have told their children that they want them to have a better life than their parents. So why are we prohibiting the means to achieve that goal?

Intelligence cannot be determined solely by an exam grade, ISTEP score, or SAT achievement. It cannot be measured by achievement tests, projective tests, or any other type of test that officials have created to measure what they believe defines intelligence. And the scores students receive on quizzes, exams, and standardized tests do not define their future.

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