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Remember your passion for teaching

July 30, 2014 at 2:30 a.m.


Our teachers have one of the most difficult tasks we can possibly think of.

The job of a teacher is fluid, especially with the constant changes to what's now known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam.

The test has not only changed names multiple times, but it has also become more difficult with each passing year.

We understand teachers have no choice but to follow a curriculum and teach toward the test, but we long for the days of true teaching.

The days where teachers were allowed to be creative and use their imaginations to help students not only develop critical thinking skills but also a passion for learning.

We need to go back to those days of passionate teaching and learning.

In recent weeks, we've reported how Crossroads' school districts are fairing compared to the state. It's ebb and flow. Some schools and subjects have noticed improvements while other areas still need further development.

And while we support education in every way, is over-testing the best way to get there?

Across the board, we've seen Crossroads' school districts study hard, and sometimes barely hit the state's marked measure of success.

It is not that Crossroads' school districts are not trying. We've reported time and time again how superintendents and their staff are implementing programs and putting in more study hours just to meet standards.

But what good is passing a test if you're only studying toward the test, possibly even memorizing material but never really soaking it in?

With weeks of never-ending STAAR preparation, not only do the students become burned out but so do our teachers.

These tests are rigorous and not only measure the success of the students but also are a reflection of a teacher's success.

Instead, we wish the state could reconsider how it handles its standardized testing.

We feel that by learning critical thinking or life skills, students can be better prepared to face the world. Not everything in life is a bubble-in, multiple-choice test.

Most of life's decisions come from understanding how to handle a situation and how to, again, critically think about how to provide viable solutions to said problem.

Again, we understand the state's school districts have their hands tied when it comes to testing. For now, we ask that our teachers keep the passion and remember the power and gift of education.

Keep on teaching.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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