Plano Texas Politics

June 17, 2009

Problems with Public Schooling (TAKS)

Filed under: Education — jdalley @ 8:02 am
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One of the greatest problems with public schooling is that teacher’s have to teach the kids not what they need in life but what they need to pass a test. Here in Texas the biggest problem is the TAKS Test, which is the Texas Assesment of Knowledge and Skills. Which by the way it does not asses. Here is a question from the social studies test

5The 13 original colonies were primarily located along the —
A Atlantic Ocean
B Gulf of Mexico
C Mississippi River
D Great Lakes

I would hope that with any schooling you would already know that by 8th grade, which was the version of the TAKS test I was using for the above example. Unfortunately, it is this kind of stuff that teacher’s have to teach instead of the importance of the constitution. So one of the greatest problems is that teachers have to teach to the test not to actually learn. It is for this reason that I do not support our current public school system.

– James Dalley



  1. In Colorado we have a similar test, the CSAP. Interestingly enough, some schools actually do *not* “teach to the test”, and the student do extremely well. This is a great example of a good idea (standardized testing) ruined by a liberal agenda (unionized teachers who don’t want to have their output monitored). You are right…we’d hope that a student would have learned this by the 8th grade…so why do teachers feel a need to teach to the test? They should teach their subject matter, and the results will fall into place.

    Comment by Brian — June 18, 2009 @ 9:15 am | Reply

    • I agree that some schools do not teach to the test, but I have found that most schools do. For example I know that people in my local high school are taught how to write TAKS essays and not real essays that they will have to write to survive at college. Overall though I think that it would be much better to get rid off ALL standardized testing in public schools.
      Thank you for commenting,
      James Dalley

      Comment by jdalley — June 18, 2009 @ 9:20 am | Reply

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