Any data on educating children worth collecting is information parents and teachers are privy to.
Teachers collect data everyday on their students, their strengths, weaknesses, perspectives, attitudes, their belief systems, all pertinent information that, when focused on a positive path, will help guide students to personal and academic success.
In Early Childhood Education, how children interact with each other, their adult supervisors, their environment, and their family members are intimate details that tell more about the child than any type of normed test.
At the elementary level of education, while the most efficient use of resources, time, and personnel is to have teachers loop with their students for a maximum of three years in order for true success or failure to be properly measured, this researched, approved, and suggested method of teaching has been advocated for by teachers but often rejected by administration.
Staying together through several school years creates a positive relationship between and among the parent, child, and teacher as they get to know and trust one another.
If this were the standard, testing would be authentic, assessing understanding of content, directed by real examples of student achievement.
In a child centered learning environment, by the time students reach the secondary level, dependent upon the developmental level of the child, some may reach the secondary level at ten, some at eighteen, moving on is contingent upon mastery not “date of manufacture”, they are mature and ready to adjust to the rigorous pace of preparation for success in adulthood.
This is the purpose of education, to prepare children for success in adulthood.
Collecting data on children to determine what the “normal” child would, could, should, look like is dehumanizing and demoralizing.
ALL children are unique creations of intelligence, creativity, ingenuity, and love.
All children are gifted and talented in some way.
The most important data about our children is being ignored, what are their passions, what do they love, what gets them excited about learning.
We must change the system. Our children deserve an education that inspires them to be unique.
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