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Has anyone seen this documentary? I have not, but really want to... but I did see an interview with the film maker. She talked about how the US has not ever had the greatest test scores compared to the rest of the world, yet has produced some of the greatest innovations and technology. She said that China is studying what we were doing in the past when our test scores were low, but our work force was creative and successful while they had high test scores but not so successful graduates. They are not interested in what we are doing now because our test scores are going up but we are really just teaching kids to take tests and nothing else that will help them succeed in the future.

I know this is an oversimplification of what she said.. and I probably didn't explain it exactly as she said... but it really got me thinking.

Comments?
Kathy/WA br> > I know this is an oversimplification of what she said.. and > I probably didn't explain it exactly as she said... but it > really got me thinking. > > Comments?

You may not have explained it as she did, but it certainly made sense to me. When we started teaching to the test, we quit teaching and encouraging creativi...See More
Jun 3, 2011
DeAnn I have not seen the documentary, but your comments spark interesting thoughts. I think in trying to make sure that all students succeed and no one is left behind, we have settled for mediocre for everyone. That leaves students at the top who would be the innovators and creators without the support they need to grow as well.
Jun 4, 2011
Jo I've seen Race to Nowhere and the follow on directions that have come from it. Maybe I am different from many, but I didn't take away from the movie the same thing many other people did.

I see two distinct sets of students. Those that are the high achievers. Funny, this concept is pushed so hard on t-net. Nothing but being the best you can...See More
Jun 4, 2011


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