Yeah, but you all as parents want to have some measurement of what your school has taught your child.
You all (parents in general) don't tend to look at it as what your child has chosen to learn- you guys look at it as 'What exactly has the school my child attends taught my child during his/her term of attendance?'
I seriously once had a mother tell me that the school hadn't taught her son the months of the year because she discovered her son couldn't recite them to her at the age of ten. I asked her if she had ever had a calender in her house and had she ever talked to her son about his birthday, her birthday, and the major holidays, etc...she still insisted that her son's school hadn't ever taught her son the months of the year...okay...learning is not a passive exercise- it takes some effort on the part of the learner- this seems to escape the notice of the parents of reluctant learners.
I don't think anyone says "I'm good with fractions, I think I'll become a carpenter."
Really? Do they not? I know that I said exactly that to myself when, although I was interested in medicine I said to myself, 'I suck at science, I'd never make it through medical school,' or 'I love art, but I can't draw, so I shouldn't attend art school.'
But maybe I'm just different.
School board member, journalist, whatever. I'd like to see the math test that any university graduate could not ascertain any answer to without guessing. That's just absolutely scary to me.