To start, I’m going to be very frank with this post. It’s all in love.
Let’s get straight to the point.
Here’s why teachers should care less about student grades and test scores:
Safety is the priority. How safe are our schools? Are there outside influences that factor into the school day? What happens when students engage in online bullying and bring that drama to school? The child that must help to support his family starts to sell drugs. Days later, drug distribution and use becomes a school problem. The teacher with the sickening desire to inappropriately engage with a student is teaching your child…something to think about, right?
This week, my school lost one of our students. Devastating to say the least. It was painful to watch the kids today. Can you imagine seeing high school males mope and cry as they mourn the loss of their beloved friend?
So, here’s why we need to focus less on the many tests we give students and their grades:
1. We need to build relationships. At the start of each year, teachers are encouraged to evaluate their students’ test scores. The first faculty meeting of the school year is about enrollment numbers, new teachers, and school grade/student scores, dress code, and the bell schedule to name a few. Why not discuss how we can connect and get to know the students?
Test scores or a life? What has more value? One connection with a student may very well change his or her life.
I’m sharing this because as soon as the identity and death of this student was known, stories circulating why and how the student passed away began. I refrain from sharing what some believe is the cause of his death – nothing has been confirmed. No one really knows other than God.
I just couldn’t help but think – here’s another life gone so soon. Did our school love on him enough? Did we pass up the opportunity to help him the best that we could? Or, were we more focused on his grades and test scores?
Have you experienced the loss of a child you knew? Are schools focused on developing a whole student, or just a high grade? Let me know your thoughts.