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ERIC Number: ED498277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-28
Pages: 154
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-57886-661-8ISBN-978-1-57886-661-8
Our Results-Driven, Testing Culture: How It Adversely Affects Students' Personal Experience
Lesch, Lyn
Rowman & Littlefield Education
Author Lyn Lesch advocates that learning cannot be measured by empirical results like testing and grading. As the founder of Chicago's The Children's School, Lesch didn't give grades or submit students to standardized testing. Such conditions may seem blasphemous to most educators, but the results spoke for themselves. Without the high-stakes pressure of results, accountability, and testing, students were able to take a more active role in their education. By reducing the stress on each student to "perform," they can develop an openness to the material and link their learning to their own personal experience. If the status quo goes unchanged, Lesch argues that students will be schooled in a disembodied, dulled manner that prevents true learning and comprehension. To avoid this, Lesch describes how education should revolve around each student's personal experience (i.e. linking school with what matters to individual students). Perhaps more than anything, this book is intended to be a discussion point for how to develop a healthy relationship between personal experience and academic learning--which in light of our current results driven, testing culture, is the real benefit of the book. The book includes 11 chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Our Results-Driven, Testing Culture; (3) Learning and Experience; (4) Evaluations and Disembodied Learning; (5) Cognitive Learning and Student Impressions; (6) Adult Preconceptions and Student Needs; (7) Developmental Concerns; (8) A Just Equilibrium; (9) The Student's Own Experience; (10) Diagnosis and Evaluation; and (11) Continuums of Learning.
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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