No wonder we hate Mondays
If so many teachers despise standardized testing, why does it seem to be the norm? Because the teacher’s voices don’t matter. Because mass production and ease dictate our life.
It’s easy to score students on whether they pushed the right button. It’s difficult to grade art and passion.
Modern education is rooted in the Ford System — Henry Ford’s truly genius design of assembly line work.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when standardized and universal public education was forming, educators and legislators went to the factory owners for assistance in molding the new model.
“How do we teach a room full of students, each from a different background and each with a different construct of learning, in the best way possible?”
Of course, here, “best” means “most efficient.”
The purpose of education was (and arguably still is) to prepare students from work. In 1910, that work was in a factory. Today, it’s in an office — an office that operates just like a factory.
So we move from school — that operates like a factory — to an office — again, that operates like a factory.
Do the lowest common denominator — like you were trained to do in elementary school — and get paid for such, is the motto. You’re a cog, so act like it, is the hidden message.
Is it 5 ‘o clock yet?