Educational Quotations – Thoughts 9
“Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?” ― Noam Chomsky
Some people will be on one side; some on the other.
I don’t think tests and creative inquiry are by definition two different worlds at all times.
For those who think education is only about passing tests, however, I do feel sad.
Learning is so much more than passing tests. In some ways, the test is simply the icing on the cake. Not a sweet tooth? Okay, the gravy on the mashed potatoes!
The test just allows you to prove to yourself that you have conquered a section or concept, etc., Yeah!
Don’t focus on the test – focus on the material and the learning. Not only are these things more important, they are a lot more fun if you aren’t stressing about an exam. If you capture the material, the test score will follow.
Become an inquirer, Ask questions. Demand answers from yourself. Seek and you shall receive!
I know, I’m beginning to sound like a preacher, but that’s alright.
I want you to get excited about what you are learning – whatever it is. This will make your journey so much better and easier.
You will surprise yourself at how well you start doing on tests, quizzes, and exams.
Better yet, you will have the knowledge and tools to serve you forever.
Should we train for passing tests?
Directly, no. Through engaged learning and inquiry, yes.
Should we abandon tests entirely?
No. We should help students realize the benefits of tests and how they can use the results to do even better.
What we should do is eliminate the negativity around learning and help students discover that they CAN – but it does take effort and occasionally a little pain. The pay-off is worth it!
Let me know your thoughts on the subject.