Why??? Because it may not be yours in the first place, uh, DUH!!! Translated…
J paced outside my office again and again, for several days now, and finally he’d made it to my desk, “Teacher, can we talk?”
J told me of all the things that stressed him out, made him unhappy—the lack of friends, feeling that he’s drifting farther and farther from his goals and dreams in life, that his mother would nag him about his grades………
I’d understood what was going on now, J is the “temporary victor” of this new system of education that’s been set up.
During the days when the test scores were posted out, J’s parents were very glad that even though their son didn’t score high enough, but he was able to get into his number one choice, that it’s a “gift from above”, with a total disregard of J’s dreams of becoming a chef one day. And so, after school started, came J’s real worst nightmare, other than Chinese, all his other subjects, he’d gotten F’s on.
After I’d taught high school for over two decades, I’d slowly come to understand, that there are less and less test takers, and most universities and colleges would take the total scores of the five subjects, and find students who’d scored above the sixtieth percentile (but those who’d scored under the eighty-fifth percentile may have difficulties in their studies.)
And this second round of students who’d entered into the schools without the examinations, many had gotten the scores of three to five, compared to the past, they’re bellowed the fiftieth percentile, but are now, allowed to study in the traditional high schools that are traditionally set up for those kids who scored eighty-fifth percentile and up. The schools’ instructors taught at the level that they’d been teaching at, and those students who failed to keep up with the progress can only follow what other students are doing, they really aren’t learning anything.
In my own work, in language education, there was a naturalist style instructor, Steven Kraschen’s “i+1 theory”. i is the level of cognition for the learners, and if i increases with the level of understanding, the learner would learn best. Before the teachers start lecturing, they will start using the average of the entire class as the i factor, but, the first round of the students under this new reform in education, had caused the students to not do well at all.
Everybody’s heard of multiple intelligence, and, there are those who are excellent in abstract thinking, those who are better off in the scholastics; some work well in hands-on, and would be better off, as technicians, and are also very much needed in today’s world too, but a lot of parents believed, “if my child attends high school, it would sound better”, and they’d forced children who are better with hands-on, locked inside classrooms, to study the theoretical stuff, causing a ton of unhappy teenagers, and it’d caused this country to unable to compete in the international realm, and these kids ended up losing more.
When my own daughter scored the PR score of 66 and shared it with me back when she’d taken her examinations after middle school, after sharing with her my high school life, we’d chosen technical high school together for her, and, three years later, she’d gained a ton of real world experiences, and gotten into her first choice of college without taking the examinations at all, and making this right choice with her, she’d still had her smiles and confidence intact.
A lot of parents didn’t know this, but the Department of Education, in order to help the students who couldn’t adapt to the newly reformed system of education well enough, had already asked the various high schools and technical high schools to set up summer and winter counseling sessions, to help the students with transfers, so long as the students sought out advice at the registrar’s office, then, put in an application to the schools they wanted to attend, then, it could help the student return to the classes that best suited their interest profiles.
A lot of people could not accept that one’s made the wrong choices, and would even rationalize their choices, in psychology, it’s called “cognitive dissonance,” but, if the dissonance is the child’s life, then we must find the courage to adjust. After this summer, a lot of parents believed that the kids, getting into a better school, regardless of the lowered grades they’d received on their entrance exams is a “blessing from the heavens”, but, before the child can learn the fundamentals, I would strongly recommend, that the parents don’t put their kids up for that, because it will end up, ruining them!
And so, this, is still ALL caused by the vanity of the adults, this new reform in education, and plus, the government here, wants to take after the systems in the U.S., without realizing that hey, what works elsewhere may NOT work with us, because there’s a TON to take into considerations: demographics, for one, and then, there’s the levels of the students, for another…………