Earlier this week my tenth-grade daughter had to participate in a field test. If you don't know what a field test is, take a brief moment to familiarize yourself. My daughter has end-of-year exams coming up and was not looking forward to taking yet one more test, and apparently neither were her classmates. When she arrived home from school and I inquired about the test, she reported that no one took it seriously, that the teacher had to reportedly tell students to stop talking and keep working. And why should students take the test seriously when the results do not directly impact them, when they are being used as nothing but guinea pigs?
"Mom," she said, "I BSed my way through the multiple choice. I barely read the questions. I am just so done."
And when it came time for her to write an essay, instead of answering the provided question, she instead wrote about how ridiculous and pointless these tests are, and how unfair they are to students and teachers alike.
I have never been more proud.