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Analyzing the Demise of the SAT & the ACT
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Re: Less stress
  • 10/31/2014 1:44:08 AM
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@Broadway You find some people living their whole life to please and gain popularity in social media. They don't realize the value of spending that time with their kids. Even kids are just studying and then playing computer games. Along with reducing the number of exams they have to take it would be great if people follow your example and take a break from social media.

Re: Less stress
  • 10/31/2014 1:04:31 AM
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The tests are okay, not great at predicting how well a student will do in their first years of college, but will tell you nothing of how well that student will perform in real life. 

I've taken the GMAT to get into my MBA program, but I never took the SAT.  I went the Jr. college route and bypassed it all together.  I think it's important to realize it is not the only route to an education.  Especially for those who high school's memories might be found. 

Re: Less stress
  • 10/30/2014 9:47:34 PM
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@ChapAnjou, I agree with you. But tiger moms would say you're weak and your kids will be a failure because of you. Their notion is that you find what your kid is good at at an early age and force them to train train train. That's how you get Tiger Woods, gold medal winning 16 yo gymnasts, etc

Re: Less stress
  • 10/30/2014 9:44:18 PM
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@phoenix, good long point about social media. That sort of "look at me, look at my kid!" mentality is one reason I am on a hiatus from Facebook. I'm just tired of it!

Re: Tests are silly
  • 10/30/2014 1:18:55 PM
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Chap I completely agree. Students need to be better prepared for the requirement of being in the workforce. So many are lost when they graduate and make rookie mistakes that could be avoided. I again think the problem stems from the disparity in the academic world and the actual workplace. I would add more thing to your list negotiating office politics!

Re: Tests are silly
  • 10/30/2014 1:08:02 PM
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@Maryam,

Thanks.

Also, just to touch on colleges a bit more - I think it's good that colleges are starting this kind of quiet revolution but they are also the ones perpetuating this post-collegiate issues that face graduates. They're giving too many classes on nonsense (as a computer science major, I had to take an elective that was either a Greek Mythology class where we had to reenact passages in a book or a history class about the American revolution...).  Colleges need to devote both semesters of senior year (or at least the final semester) to classes that teach these children how to do the most basic professional tasks such as composing emails, interviewing tactics, etc.

Re: Tests are silly
  • 10/30/2014 12:58:12 PM
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Chap you raise an excellent point about our education system. Even with the move to common core and STEM I still see very little being done to prepare our kids for a non-academic life in the workforce. So many of the educational requirements have very little to do with being successful outside of school. The SAT and ACT being just one of these examples. I found it very interesting as I discussed this with so many professionals including those in education how many were surprised by the shift and were not aware. I expect it will become more publicized as colleges and universities are now featuring it on their websites.

Re: Less stress
  • 10/30/2014 12:45:40 PM
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@Phoenix,

I'm sure it is like this among people, but I never experienced the whole competition thing in school.  That's probably because I did just fine, nothing too special, so I was never in the running for anything.  Most of my friends were the same way, we cared about passing things so we could get out of our high school, but we never cared enough to measure ourselves up to our peers.

Re: Less stress
  • 10/30/2014 12:43:54 PM
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"@Phoenix, is this because of the school's demands, or because parents are more stressed about their kids than ever before. The whole trend of tiger moms and helicopter parents is I believe more at fault than any other trend in making kids' live more miserable."

@Broadway,

I think there is defintely something to be said about the damage being done by overbearing parents.  The truth is, you can't force someone to be interested or passionate about something.  A kid either cares or they don't. Parents should focus more on embracing the interests of their children and not try to force interests on them.

Re: Less stress
  • 10/30/2014 8:00:06 AM
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@Broadway You are right. When you take a closer look at the system it becomes obvious that today's school environment has become a competitive race. The problem is it doesn't get limited to the school time because of the tiger moms and helicopter parents as you put it. There is also social media. Every step that a child takes is recorded. When one child takes one step, the next door neighbors kid has to take two steps.

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