But all those test prep folks sure do make a shitload of money off it.
I work for an SAT tutoring company, and their approach is, “Look, the SAT sucks. It’s downright evil. But it’s predictable.” I get it. It’s stupid. It doesn’t even measure your intelligence or your grades or your knowledge. It measures your ability to take a test. It measures you ability to read carefully and follow instructions and apply what you know. Seriously, it’s formulaic, and I shit you not, about half of the answers are designed to trick you.
But what else can we do? How can we assess millions of kids from all over the country, from different places and cultures and classes and schools? Curriculum is different, courses are different, grading systems are different. There needs to be a universal baseline, even one as unreliable as the SAT.
And, to be fair, it could be a lot worse. It could be like Suneung, the South Korean SAT-esque thing. You think four hours of critical reading, writing, and math is bad? This thing is nine fucking hours of Korean grammar, math (and not like algebra - we’re talking calculus), social studies, science, English, an additional foreign language, and “vocational education.” Oh, and the rest of the country basically shuts down on the single day each year that the test is given. Business open later so that all the roads will be clear for students, who are often escorted by police. The freaking stock market open later. They shut down air travel. I’m serious. Planes are grounded and South Korea becomes a no-fly zone to reduce noise pollution. That. Is fucking. Intense.(via the-cinnamon-peelers-wife)
A tongue of lava oozes out from beneath the recently cooled crust of a flow. The silica contained within, reflects the early morning sunlight, giving its surface a glassy sheen.
Photo and caption credit: Bruce Omori
A part of me wants to touch it it’s so pretty… But then the rational side of my brain smacks that part of me with a baseball bat.
Well in all fairness you’d probably burn yourself before you managed to touch it.