Computer Lib / Dream Machines Nugget

“Schools as we know them all run on the same principles: iron all subjects flat than then proceed, in groups, at a forced march across the flattened plain. Material is dumped on the students and their responses calibrated; their interaction and involvements with the material is not encouraged nor taken into consideration, but their dutifulness of response is carefully monitored.”

This nugget from Ted Nelson’s  Computer Lib / Dream Machines made me think about growing up in public schools and having to take standardized tests. Most importantly, I find the SAT test to be flawed in so many ways. Teenagers are accepted in to colleges based on a single score that is supposed to show how intelligent they are. Students are required to prepare for a test that comes from a private company that is not taught in public schools. The test comes with obscure vocabulary words that a person may never use in their life as well as timed math and reading questions. I believe it lacks creativity and individuality in each student that takes this exam because these questions don’t show what students want their career path to be.

I prepared for the SAT for two years by taking a $600 course and hiring a tutor and I still ended up with a fairly low score. Although, my GPA in high school was above average and I was involved in volunteering. My low score determined where I went to college and I wasn’t accepted in my top two choices but I am still happy that I ended up going to VCU. Some students that have a below average GPA and that lack work ethic can achieve a high score and  have a chance at going to prestigious university.

Many colleges are considering on removing the SAT from their admission process. 850 colleges in the U.S. are now test-optional and students have the option if they want to add their scores to their application. If colleges found an alternative that shows a students intelligence and individuality then the SAT could be fully replaced.