There is no secret that students in the school system endure numerous tests as a way of measuring their status.:  their strengths and weaknesses.  They have major tests all day long at specified times of the year.

There are assessments that include TN Ready, End of Course Tests (EOCS) and local school system benchmark assessments.  Tests also include college preparatory tests, such as the ACT and SAT exams.

Many will argue that children are tested so much, they are not learning because teaching is guided by tests and the students success at the tests, to the extent that real teaching is weakened. Tests should mean something and have value to the teachers, students, parents and the community at large.  They should be regarded with intrinsic value, more than just a single assessment—they should matter for life.

Whether you agree that children should be subjected to all these tests are not, the important thing is that children learn.  They should know how to read with comprehension, write a decent and legible sentence and do basic math, and calculus and trigonometry are things that sweeten the pot.

Our children should want to learn and know the benefit of learning in their daily lives.

  • They can function well in society when they can read
  • They do not have to hide and mask their reading ability or lack of
  • They can communicate on every level

Education and training help our children to grow and glow in their lives.  Whether they choose to go the college, technical route or become an entrepreneur; they can rise to the Top by reading well, writing well and doing math well.  The truth is, children don’t do well on tests, if they can not read well, so that they may comprehend the questions and problems. Tests and learning have got to have significance in the lives of our children. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Tom Bodett

Our children deserve a strong and robust education. It is a right. It is up to all of us to see that our children learn, and learn well. Andy McIntyre said “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Parents can not solely rely on the schools to train and educate our children.  Parents have a role to carry out, first.  Our communities, churches and places of faith also play a role in educating our youth, by teaching, providing educational opportunities and having tutorial experiences.

Most importantly, a seed must be planted in our children, so that they will want to learn—read, write and do arithmetic, to compute with numbers. We can plant that seed in them by enforcing and re-enforcing the value of a learned mind….that can take you anywhere.


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