TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

I propose we abandon traditional forms of assessment in schools to focus on a more creative learning environment.

We need to implement new ideas in our education system. Creative teaching may be a challenge for some teachers due to the heavy emphasis on state testing that we see today. As educators, to ensure the success of our students on the state tests, we must teach to the test. This could hinder the opportunity for teachers to be creative. How can we turn our classrooms into a more creative environment and a more enjoyable learning experience? It is my belief that students should find a way to prove their knowledge to the teachers. Seeing as how students all learn in different ways given Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory, they should be assessed in ways that adhere to their learning styles. Give your students the option to show you what they learned.

Today, in most professions, you get basic training or education before you start but most of your learning will occur in the field. Our job as educators is to prepare our students for the real world; so shouldn't most of our teaching occur in the real world? In order to learn life's lessons, students will most likely not be answering with a pen and a piece of paper. Life's lessons require action or demonstrations, so what are we preparing them for by relying so heavily on written tests?

We need to place less emphasis on the numbers that our students get out of our teachers and more about the experience our students receive. Education isn’t about which student is getting the best grades; education is about which student gets the most out of the experiences that our teachers provide. Almost every year, a teacher can probably pick out which student is their “smartest” student within the first two weeks of school. However, a teacher can almost never pick out which student will learn the most from them until the end of the year.

By solving this problem, we can also improve students’ opinions of school and change it from a place they HAVE to go to everyday to a place they WANT to go to everyday to learn new things.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • May 7 2013: I totally agree.
    I find it disturbing that education evolves around quantity over quality, remembering facts is awesome, but if you don't know when to apply it, then it's useless
    I'm in college, and even though we don't do state testing here, I still see the same attitudes in some of my professors as I did in HS. All teaching is based on what's on tests, we're given everything except the test itself. There's no focus on what we learn, but what we can remember, and even given the option of cheat sheets.
    It's all about enhancing test scores, passing grades, and graduation rates to make the teacher and school look good. So they can post on their website all the awards their school gets based off test scores.
    Now, not ALL schools or teachers are like this, but if you think about it, you know a school or teacher that is.
    I feel the scientific theory should be applied to all subjects, let our kids experiment and experience.
    • May 8 2013: I agree, we need to give our students the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. They have to experiment to learn how to problem solve and how to figure things out on their own. Memorizing information only shows which students have the greatest memory.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.