“My child knows everything but I cannot understand why he doesn’t perform in his written tests.”
“My child has a lot of knowledge but he fails in his tests.”
“My child gets good marks in his written tests but he fails in his oral exams.”
Yes we arrived at the critical question, but can you answer it or muse at the least? I would like to bring into light the important aspects of learning and recall.
Very lately have we realized that every child differs from the other in more than many ways and one big difference is in the way a child learns and presents the learnt things.
In this case the challenge lies in how we measure the child’s learning rather than just following the old ways of written and oral assessments. Children are good at expressing their knowledge through various modes such as writing, oral expression, dramatization, visual presentation, simulation, projects, so on and so forth. This provokes us into questioning the present day testing procedures in the general education system. There needs to be a fairer way where every child is tested holistically to measure the actual level of learning. It is also essential to keep in mind the level of generalization and applicability while assessing the child of his/her knowledge.
So parents have to shun giving more weight just to the outcomes of old ways of assessment and reduce pressurizing their children for ‘MARKS’ but rather look for an overall performance led development of the child. We need to accept the child’s individuality, encourage them and take an active role in advocating for the betterment of the child and also the education system as a whole.
We need to stand up, be an advocate and be a channel for change. Remember we live in a world of possibilities where change is not only constant but also essential. Look for the change and be the change.