Midterm Madness

January 31, 2013 No Comments »
Midterm Madness

by Ellen Keith

With this past week’s onslaught of midterm exams in every subject the question on every students mind regarding these tests is “why”? Why does our schooling system give us these tests which are no better than standardized testing?

We are constantly told throughout our lives and our school careers that “we should be individuals”, “no one is the same”, “everyone is different and that’s okay”, really? Is it okay? Because we’re all tested like we have the same brain, each one of us is given a test to finish within a certain period of time.

My question is what about the teens that need a little extra time or need breaks here and there to refresh their brains so they can properly finish their exam? What happened to everyone’s individualism then? It seems to me individualism and those individuals are left behind to fend for themselves.

The current schooling system and the way in which we’re tested are clearly outdated and out of steam. Other countries are rapidly rising above us in education and apparently the “greatest country in the world” is content to let that happen. According to http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading, the US is 14th in the world.

Personally, I believe that the entire system needs to be completely revamped to match the times. I don’t know Medford High, this reporter has the feeling that if something isn’t done soon then we’ll never get out of the rut of a school system we have now a days.



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