"Instead of giving test all the time to find out what we taught the, did they get it right? Tests should be used to find out what they don't know and need to know. Wrong answers in that case are opportunities and needs. The problem is we start at the end, we preordain the outcome..we have the list of right answers, we tell them our answers before they ask the questions..We then drill them and test them and if they don't regurgitate back what we told them, we say you have failed. The system is built for an industrial age, for the assembly line..everyone is the same, students as widgets, but we are not in the industrial age anymore, are we? We are in the Google age"
Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New Yorks new Graduate School of Journalism. Quite an explosive guy, very good points.
“Indeed, education is one of the institutions most deserving of disruption--and with the greatest opportunities to come of it.”