There is an article about “Real Student Learning” https://edukention.wordpress.com/ in a blog post by Ken Lindblom.
Mr. Lindblom posits that, “Real Student Learning is Difficult & Expensive to Measure” but it really is not.
Real student learning is measured by the engagement of real students in learning.
Real student learning is individual. Not every child should learn the same things. Some children must learn to hold a pencil before they are forced to write. Before some children can read they must first learn to see words in a different way, possibly through brail.
These children, the children that learn differently from “the norm” are not disabled, but have gifts and talents that remain undiscovered because the concentration is not on “real students” but on an outmoded system of education that forces our children to learn things that are inconsequential to their success while ignoring those gifts and talents that every child possesses to help them become successful in this world.
Is a child eager to go to school? Is a child excited to read the next chapter in a book? Does the child happily complete work assignments and extra credit assignments? Is the child able to speak knowledgeably about the subjects taught in a respectful conversation? Is the child empathetic to the conditions of others in their hometown and around the world? Is the child happy?
These are measures of “real student” learning that cost nothing to assess.
These are measure of humanity that standardization works diligently to destroy.
Real student learning creates lifelong learners.
Real student learning creates individuals who are knowledgeable and creative, self-assured and respectful.
Real student learning creates a society of caring, humane, individuals who have moved beyond racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and all the other “isms” that exist today.
When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential, and concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively involved citizens, measuring real student learning will be easy and virtually cost free.
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