The Right Path For America 's Education

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Yun Hee Sul
Professor
ENG 111
November 09, 2015
The Right Path for America’s Education

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education” (qtd. in, The Function of Education) is one of many famous quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. that many Americans remember. However, the contemporary American education seems way off the path. Instead of learning to think intensively and critically, students these days are stopped whatever they were doing to prepare for tests that count more than all the class works they have been accomplishing for the entire time at school. Sometimes, they even have to work really hard only to find out what they were doing at school was actually unnecessary if they did not do well on these standardized tests. Are these tests really the right measure for quality education or to see whether or not students are qualified to go to college? These standardized testing should be eliminated in American school in order for the quality education system.
Standardized Testing have been ubiquitous in America for more than 50 years. It originates from China where they used similar test systems to gauge individual’s Confucian philosophy and poetry for government jobs. After No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was passed in America in 2001 to ensure high quality student achievements through tests (Yell 180-181), the use of these standardized tests rose. Western World
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