Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
See, CB, I disagree that one can infer giftedness from SAT scores. I think the whole testing crapshoot is nothing but a scam created by big educational curriculum developers to test on...their curriculum.
Well, the thing is, I don't think you can necessarily
infer giftedness either (especially about one person), but when you have a very large group of people who are consistently placing in the lowest quartile in several different tests (including the Praxis test, which -- at least for teachers -- is one of the most absurdly easy tests in the world. It tests on really fundamental knowledge...like addition
) then I think you can make the reasonable inference that you're not, as a whole, dealing with the most academically advanced or intellectually able.
And to be honest, the large majority of people who are intellectually able and academically advanced would be wasted as teachers because, like I said before, it isn't rocket science.
However, I think one vast improvement would be to eliminate "education" as an undergraduate major altogether. Have prospective teachers actually major in a core subject: English, science, history, mathematics, and then
have them take the fundamental coursework they'll need to do well teaching. I think that would help tremendously.
|What if people don't test well, are they stupid? Or, sorry - "average?" No, they don't test well. I didn't test well for my GREs, but I really don't think that shows some sort of internal deficiency. It shows that I didn't pay out the nose for GRE prep classes or care all that much.
I did deal with that in my post above, or I thought I did: "Naturally, some gifted people don't present well on tests. However, I'm speaking of the general population, not a few exceptions. Also, there may be gifted teachers who perform excellently on standardized tests, but again, they are the exception and not the rule."