Speaking of Existence

Silence does not mean I do not listen,

Silence does not mean I cannot see,

Silence does not mean I am not here,

I exist.

 I can hear when you speak about me,

 I can see the stares you shoot at me,

I can sense your slight hostility at me,

I feel it all.

When I open my mouth,

When I begin to speak,

When I see the shock on the faces,

I smile.

I exist I say,

I hear you I say,

I see I say,

I speak.

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Homework vs. Tests which would you choose?

An entire school year where grades are based on how well you do your homework and homework completion (no tests at all) or an entire school year based on tests with no homework at all?

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” 
― Oscar WildeThe Happy Prince and Other Stories

This seems to happen to me quite often – especially when writing essays for school. Next time the teacher decides to shave off a few points because my article is “unclear in its meaning” I shall respond with “Perhaps you aren’t clever enough to understand?”*

 

*This sort of answer could only harmlessly take place in my imagination.  

Discussion: Are Standardized Tests Worth Taking?

Whether or not students should take standardized tests has always been a large controversy in schools. Some argue that the tests are a waste of time and don’t even accurately depict what a student is like, while others will say that the tests are useful in pressuring schools to teach students. Below, I have listed a few bullet points (and perhaps a few paragraphs) on the pros and cons of this topic. Of course, there are many more points than these however I feel like the ones below, are the points that stand out to me the most. 
Please Note: Some information in the following points were taken from articles online. The information belongs to their respective authors. 

Pro:

  • Standardized tests help pressure schools into teaching students all the curriculum.
  • Tests such as the SAT and ACT act as a “standard” to measure different students of different abilities.
  • The tests do not discriminate between students (unlike other methods of college application which is another long story).
  • State standardized tests are good at finding out which schools are behind and what curriculum they need to improve upon.

Con:

  • SAT and ACT tests are a waste of time for high school seniors. Predicting how well a student will do in college by using their grades in high school is more accurate than using their scores on the SAT and ACT.
  • Test anxiety proves a large problem for students and they usually “blank out” on the test, leaving them with a score that isn’t accurate.
  • Motivation to cheat. Yes, cheating is bad and academic integrity should be upheld at all times, however when a test that will determine your future (e.g. ACT/SAT) appears, it’s hard not to give into the nasty urge to peek.
  • “Teaching to the test” – a popular phrase coined for schools that teach only what is on a test, and nothing more. Students are not getting the total amount of knowledge they can get.

What are your thoughts on standardized tests?