In the May 30th issue, dispatcher John Amato wrote that he felt scholastic testing was unnecessary and a burden to students.
I vehemently disagree. Testing is necessary to confirm that students have learned the course material. Reading lessons and class participation is not enough.
One does not read a driver's manual and then receive a license. Nor does one study epidemiology or philosophy, attend class and get a degree. Testing confirms that not only has one learned the material, but can put it in action.
The effect of tests has been hotly debated for a long time, but it is still the best method to verify that a student has mastered the course.
American students lag behind European and Asian students in nearly all subjects. One major reason is they spend more classroom time being drilled in social engineering than academic material.
As far as nervous conditions or pressure, schools are merely the first of many tense experiences they will encounter. They will face the same pressure on job interviews, making investment decisions and before surgery.
In a sense, the pressure of school tests prepares them for different pressure later in life.
I remember my school days, often feeling overburdened at the end of a semester with much study, numerous tests and fear that I might not pass.
The work put into those efforts paid off, as I passed all my exams and it made me more prepared for the professional world.