Two recent articles in the NYTimes caught my eye:
After Number of Gifted Soars, a Fight for Kindergarten Slots
and A New Kind of Tutoring Aims to Make Students Smarter.
The first article reports that nearly 5,000 children qualified as "gifted" in New York City this fall, more than double the number only 4 years ago. It is now routine to prep 4-year-olds for the tests that bring this coveted label.
The second article reports on a booming new tutoring scheme, that aims to raise kids' performance on IQ tests.
This is what education has become in our country. It's all test prep, all the time. It's not about inquiry or experiment or developing real interests or even about learning any particular subject matter. It's about getting a good score on the test. What the test measures is hardly even discussed; once a test is out there, the race is on for a good score.
Education has become a kind of sport. It's all about competition; sorting winners from losers.
Anyone who truly cares about learning is out of luck.