I’ve written about the Common Core assessments before to show my readers how these tests measure how a child came to an answer, not whether or not the answer is right.
In the age of Common Core, something we hear about constantly is “digital learning” which will supposedly help with more “personalized learning.” When a child is taking a test on a computer, generating questions based on how the child answered the previous question, besides being creepy, it is able to “see” how the kid’s brain works.
Knowing what we know about digital learning and personal learning and the daily monitoring of a child’s skills, attitudes, values and behaviors, an article really caught my eye regarding a standardized test administered to high school students in Utah. This article is about the essential brainwashing mechanism we need in place to encourage children that video games, online learning, digital applications really are better than books. (See samples below.)
I will not mention the fact that reading comprehension is proved to be better when reading an actual book compared to reading something digital. This is a big problem for students who are still gaining that important comprehension factor. And when you learn that this kind of garbage on a high school exam was also administered to 3rd graders in Utah, it’s really frightening. 3rd graders are still learning comprehension.
This test is basically telling students that they learn better and function better as a whole by being immersed in the digital gaming environment. Hey, these games even teach you how to be a better person and know the difference between right and wrong. Sign me up!
Is this just a small nudge in the direction of a future filled with plugged in, brainless, no-knowledge people? People whose brains literally function differently because of this “personalized learning” and “digital learning” racket? I’d say it’s a small nudge that is part of a huge push, right off of a cliff.
The What is Common Core article has prompted many interesting responses. I suggest you go take a look for more information.