In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
It's not just Bill Gates or Steve Jobs who didn't earn degrees. Here is a list of 19 innovators in the US who do not have college degrees. Most Successful College Dropouts - Business Insider
As an aside, I'm not promoting that a college degree is insignificant. Just trying to prove my point that high stake test are dangerous and should NOT be used for high stake decisions. Also, Schools should not be made into test taking factories. We have lost our vision.
One correction from my last post. They were doers that did not fit a mold.
It looks like our job may be done here, at least for now.
It has been established that the big tests have created a test centered curriculum that actually serves no one well, that the whole idea was started as a way to make money for people with connections, and that over reliance on test scores makes for poor decision making.
So, the lovers of the test scores have momentarily gone away. When will they resurface, once again wringing hands and telling the world that our public schools suck due to the test scores that they've seen, and that the schools are indoctrinating children in some liberal mind control plot?
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
another outcome - today - might be that Einstein's verbal shortcomings could have been identified and addressed early, enabling him to even better articulate the deepest thoughts that he may have been unable to otherwise conveySomeone like Einstein would have been deemed below the standard due to his weak language skills even though he had outstanding visual/ spacial/ perceptual skills.
why not both ... or is that too far out of the box?That was the whole point of the article about China. High test scores coupled with low innovation. What if you have an exceptional person in a particular area deemed not good enough to receive proper merit? Outside the box thinkers may not at all be good test takers or even students for that matter. Some of our most innovated people in the US didn't even finish college because they were doers. Schools should be encouraging creative thinking not test taking skills!!!
japan has long been instructive regarding the culture's deep skills to enhance but weak ability to innovate. and i would posit that it stems from cultural thinking; one that says 'the nail that sticks up gets hammered down'. homogenous thinking/acting is instilled into their kids from birth. the individual is expected to sacrifice for the whole. our culture's attitude is quite different. we praise those who differentiate themselves from the pack. my point is that test taking skills are not the difference in approach. it is cultural distinctions. we should not hinder those traits which allow our people to develop in unconventional/out-of-the box ways. but neither should we hinder the development of skills - especially STEM skills - which will provide our kids the personal toolbox to use to develop innovations. and testing is the mechanism to allow the teachers to assess which of the students can go forward to master more difficult material and which require remedial instruction essential to have the understanding necessary to proceed toward more difficult study. without such testing, we find the schools teaching to the lowest common denominator ... a tragic practice which slows the development - and love of learning - of the brighter students