High Stakes Testing: Measures the dog in the fight, not the fight in the dog. -Pierce Brunson
The NCAA bracket busters from yesterday started me thinking about the testing students have to go through. The NCAA tournament committee gets to do its best to judge which teams are the best on a scale of 1-67. The best guarantee you have with their accuracy is the first round between the 1-16 seed. This game has stayed true to form as a 16 has never beaten a 1. After that, as we see every year, there are these things called upsets but are they really? Do we not expect the 15 seeds to give their best and not roll over to the “big” dog? Do we not enjoy the moment where the underdog understands possible and puts it all on the line to create a reality instead of yielding to the side of probability and taking their loss like a good little 12-16 seed?
I believe part of the problem is that our nation is so fixated on how government is spending that they want a sure bet that the tax dollars are being placed in the hands of the kids that look more like #1-5 seeds in the NCAA tournament than the kids that are #12-16 seeds.
I get that probability works in favor of the higher seed 9/10 times but when there’s that one moment in time and it’s the fight in the dog that matters, anything is possible to become a reality. It is time that our education system move back to teaching what is possible so students can believe and create their reality no matter the seed number a test tells them they are. Our teachers and coaches inspire the fight in the dog and that is what success is ultimately built upon.
Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of my book Learning Curve and will do Quotes of the Day as I think of them. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Pierce Brunson, Author of Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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