On Sun, 26 Mar 2006 08:37:04 -0600, Serial Killfiler <alXXhuriyeh@NOSPAMyahoo.com> wrote:
>>>The elementary and high school >>>curricula are designed not to give the appropriate positive >>>or negative feedbacks. >> >>You are being purely argumentative. That is pure rubbish. > >It's not rubbish at all. We mere high school teachers would never be >trusted to grade kids strictly upon what they know. Therefore, their >grades do not really measure their aptitudes as they should.
We mere high school teachers have our own limitations as well. Aptitude can be subtle and hidden as well as clear and obvious. Some who have struggled mightily with other courses in mathematic suddenly bloom when taking statistics at university. It happens. I've also seen students who suddenly saw the light of what they were really studying; an awesome experience that keeps you coming back. However, I agree that the experienced teacher should in general have much more say in appropriate placement of students based upon observed apttude. Pre-testing might prove to be instrumental in making such decisions, but then here we go again on the roller coaster of standardised objective testing vs subjective judgement. There will always be mistakes, no matterwhat. However, respect for input from the teacher would go a long way towards evening things out.