As the sciences became more systematized, many prominent men began to insist upon their inclusion in the curriculum, and, in reply to the disciplinary argument of the conservative classicists, they urged that emphasis in education should be upon subject matter. Frank Graves, A History of Education in Modern Times, 1914
In the last post I discussed that idea that the decisions made by leaders and teachers in homes and schools should be purposeful ones. The idea is to have a framework in mind that provides a hierarchy of principles to prioritize certain ideas and decisions over others. Only then can we order our thoughts within the sphere of influence (homes for homeschoolers, schools for some, etc.) that we educate.
I received an e-mail today asking about standardized tests, and this was my response. I'm interested to hear what others have to say on this matter.
You are asking the right question and here are a few attempts by me to justify the standardized tests:
I believe that as a result of his visit and teaching, Veritas faculty are more prepared to offer a truly classical and Biblical education. It is also a catalyst for our curriculum review and documentation. Andrew helped us to see how the philosophical underpinnings and theory of what we do is amazingly practical.
You can never sacrifice effort and you can never sacrifice knowing what to do and when to do it. If we can do those things, it will give us a chance. If you don't do those things, then it always catches up to you.I don't care what you are doing, that about sums up life.
As a teacher and, later, head of a high school, I was continually amazed by the multitude of decisions that I had to make everyday. I began to realize that if I had no framework, or schematic, to order and prioritize, I would always succumb to the tyranny of the urgent.
The kids glean from the spillover of the intellectual life of the faculty