Dr. Martin Hash Podcast

Politics & Philosophy by Dr. Martin D. Hash, Esq.

338 Student Testing


The argument AGAINST testing students in school is strong only because the testing model is the same as the teaching model: large groups of kids sitting at desks at the same time, grouped by age. Absolutely outdated, ridiculous & perverse. However, student testing is the secret of Charter Schools & alternative learning methods: as long as a student reaches the equivalency standards set by an accreditation body, it doesn't make any difference how that student learned the information.

Computer-based-self-paced learning benefits the most from flexible testing methods because tests can be taken as often as needed, and tailored exactly to what the student is having difficulty with. Self-paced testing could be provided throughout the instruction, almost hidden and certainly not a cause for anxiety. Testing doesn't have to be multiple-choice questions, and many things that are important to mental & social maturity can't be tested that way anyway. Subtle tests embedded into video games would be more entertainment than chore: compute the trajectory, know what components make up a planet's atmosphere, understand how politics underlies society. There's absolutely no reason there can't be as much learning in a game as there is play. Additionally, many more refreshers could be insinuated into the student's learning curriculum if a computer was analyzing what made the student perform best. Frankly, the only commonality among all the educating possibilities is testing.


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