Wood insists that if he’s smart, he didn’t start out that way. Growing up in Southern California, he says, “I didn’t do well in any classes.” He often failed or received the lowest score on the first exam given in a particular course and improved his marks through repetition and intense effort. The strategy worked. He skipped a couple of grades and enrolled at UCLA at 16, where he tested into an honors-level calculus class. The worst score on the first exam—once again—was his. “I’d gotten into the class on the basis of aptitude, not knowledge, which is a ruinous sort of thing,” he says. “It’s like being told I understand the theory of swimming, and so here I am tossed into a high-speed river.”
"hard-working", high gpa students were unable to do this. They wanted to study a book and have a set of solutions that they could just plug in new numbers into. They were very good at memorizing solutions from a book... But, I wanted them to be able to use the tools they had to develop their own methods to attack new problems.
and not surprisingly this lack in my skill set has never hurt me
Quote:and not surprisingly this lack in my skill set has never hurt me
It helps an awful lot in Trivia Crack
We do not have the option to opt out - every student in the state needs to pass mcas in order to graduate.
This is the opposite of my daughter - why she does well on papers and projects - it requires actual learning and thoughts where as test taking is all memorizing and trying to spit out whatever they ask - why I do not like standarized testing.
Testing is not a problem, over testing and testing at too young an age is a problem.
A few years back I listened to a valedictorian speech where the girl talked about how she wasn't really that smart, certainly not smarter than the kids not standing up their speaking, but that she had simply learned how to "do" school. I think we're seeing more of this "do school" mentality - reciting the answers needed to pass a test. I find that worrisome.
This is the opposite of my daughter - why she does well on papers and projects
Yes Hawkeye, that's what over testing means.
Only to you. I said over testing and testing at too young an age. It was clear to anyone with even the most basic comprehension that I was talking about two separate things.