It seems to me that not much learning goes on anymore in our classrooms because we are so busy testing. Does anyone else notice this? I would like to see assessment become more creative. Just because students do the ‘O’ levels in Sec 4, why do they have to be tested to within an inch of their lives every step of the way? I do not believe it has to be done this way. There must be more relevant and contiguous ways of checking if students understand what is being taught. I think it all centers around our narrow definition of the word ‘learning’. The real advancements in our world were made by people who loved learning, not people who did well in exams. There is no relationship at all between a love for learning and exam success. So what do we prove by our testing? We prove that real learning and the love for it is our lowest priority. Top priority goes to setting academic targets and engaging in the ultimate pedagogical fallacy- that numbers equate with learning.
I’d love to hear some suggestions about how we could put the focus back on learning in the classroom. Any suggestions?