The I.Q. test is a loathsome thing put before young students in an attempt to pigeonhole them before they even know what they're being tested for. My kindergarten I.Q. tests were below 100. Today I score around 140. Which test is correct? What a huge difference! What if my parents had believed those first tests and just given up on me?
This is the first thing I want all of you to understand; an I.Q. test only measures where you are, not where you will always be. So, especially for those of you with children, I advise you to forget everything you thought you knew about I.Q. and the imperfect testing they've developed to date, and please never let them pigeonhole your kids into some kind of slow-learner club.
The carrot and the stick, not just the carrot, and not just the stick. They go together like cheese and crackers, and while one's ok, both together are perfect. I clicked the link and read about the merit pay study. It has some validity, however it has one major flaw, such a glaring flaw in fact, that it renders the study only mildly noteworthy as perhaps a footnote, but never a chapter.
Why didn't they study the most important grades: kindergarten, first grade, and second? These Vanderbilt researchers decided to study the ability of teachers to change the study habits of kids who'd already had five years or more of practice in screwing off. Furthermore there was no downside for these teachers. They no doubt just went ahead and did the same thing they always did, but probably at a higher decible level. Lets ask this question: What if....
What if the children had all of a sudden started doing better? It seems to me that certain questions would have started to be asked...why hadn't they been trying this hard all along? This would certainly be the first thing on my mind if I was running a school. As I signed that 15,000 dollar check. I'd have to wonder whether it would take an extra 15,000 every year to get this teacher to keep doing her job.
How about next time you do a real study Vanderbilt? New teachers fresh out of college, new students fresh into kindergarten and first grade. Incentives for teaching well, AND so important, dire consequences for the reverse. Now, that's a study I could believe in. Finally, for those of you who believe there's something significant in 15 points difference on an I.Q. test, please, open that closed mind of yours.
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