Standardized tests? Bad idea, says BCTF
On CKNW this morning:
Parents are being urged by the B.C. Teachers' Federation to pull their children from provincial tests intended to give a snapshot of performance in the three R's.
A pamphlet sent to parents says some students suffer from test anxiety and can lose their motivation to learn if they don't do well.
The tests have no bearing on grades, but teachers say they feel pressured to teach to the test while ignoring parts of the curriculum.
The B.C. Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association says the tests are relatively short assessments that are intended to gauge whether students are mastering basic skills.
Yes, you read that right. The BCTF doesn't want to measure how students are achieving on basic skills because it might hurt their feelings. How about failing and dropping out of school - do you think that might hurt more?
Not sure how this helps the BCTF's demand for a 24% wage hike, but I'm sure it fits in somewhere.