The subtitle pretty much sums the book up. Some interesting remedies are suggested but nothing radical. The premise of the book is WYTIWYG – What You Test is What You Get – If you implement shallow tests and metrics to measure the young generation, they will evolve into that and beat you at the same game, in the worst ways imaginable.
Introduce deep reading and a love for learning instead of artificial measures; test for understanding, not for mere retention of facts – facts change and when they do, it is the ability to understand and process them that will count above mere retention. We need to teach the right things in schools but more important we should test for the right things. To repeat again, WYTIWYG.
- Teachers have to reawaken older students’ love of reading (mywesttexas.com)
- A Skimmable Note on Slow Reading (wanderingmirages.wordpress.com)
- Ideas to Support Summer Reading for Students (tln.typepad.com)
- Losing My Patience (parkinglotconfessional.com)
- Will the speed of online reading deplete our analytic thought? (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Tests Don’t Assess What Really Matters – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com (inspirededucationalist.wordpress.com)
- Literacy: a fundamental life-skill (unicef.org.au)