Saturday, February 16, 2013
A warning to college profs from a high school teacher
Further, most of the tests being used consist primarily or solely of multiple-choice items, which are cheaper to develop, administer, and score than are tests that include constructed responses such as essays. Even when a state has tests that include writing, the level of writing required for such tests often does not demand that higher-level thinking be demonstrated, nor does it require proper grammar, usage, syntax, and structure. Thus, students arriving in our high school lacked experience and knowledge about how to do the kinds of writing that are expected at higher levels of education.
Since I have started grad school in January there are a few new things I have had to get used to. One is that so much of higher education takes place on computers and you are expected to take part in online as well as classroom discussions. One thing I have noticed is that many of my classmates have really atrocious writing and critical thinking skills. For one article we were to write our opinion, nearly every student mirrored back the author's point of view and then added a personal anecdote. No consideration of other opinions. I would put up an example of this but I rather not get kicked out of school. Maybe after I am graduated.