Standardized Testing Before Getting a Diploma?
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” (Plato)
Students who are only taught things that will be on a test more likely forget everything once that test is over. Their minds are trained to think, “Since I'm only going to see this information on this test once I won't need to remember it later on.” Like Plato said direct them to what amuses their minds, if students had to take a standardized test to be awarded their diploma they would think that after the test they won't need the information later. Also, it takes the fun out of learning. Tests, especially a big test to decided if students would get their diploma, stresses them out, and not mention most students are not very good test takers. Most students cram as much knowledge in their heads as they can for that test and when it comes down to sitting in front of the test their minds go blank. Either because they are so stressed out over it, or they just have way to much information in their heads that they can not filter it out.
Another example why students shouldn't have to take a test before getting a diploma is who looks at them? Or what if they fail the test? If the audience for the test are colleges, then what makes anyone think they will stick to them? High school students have taken or are taking the SATs (scholastic assessment test) which were meant for colleges to look at. Now colleges are more interested in your grade point average or your class ranking, I know that from experience. So that leaves the question, what if they fail? Do they still get their diploma or is this test only giving the option of pass or fail? If that's so then that wouldn't exactly be fair, students go twelve years through school just to get to graduation to move on...