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Adults Look Like Fools When they Take a Kids Survey Seriously

July 10, 2012

Never, ever take a kids survey on face value!

According to a recent survey millions of children are complaining that school is too easy.

My students often boast about the lesson content being very easy. Then I assess them. It often turns out it wasn’t as easy as they first thought.

Why on earth would we believe a kids survey that claims school is too easy when it isn’t backed up by assessment results?

Millions of kids simply don’t find school very challenging, a new analysis of federal survey data suggests. The report could spark a debate about whether new academic standards being piloted nationwide might make a difference.

The findings, out today from the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank that champions “progressive ideas,” analyze three years of questionnaires from the Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, a national test given each year.

Among the findings:

•37% of fourth-graders say their math work is “often” or “always” too easy;

•57% of eighth-graders say their history work is “often” or “always” too easy;

•39% of 12th-graders say they rarely write about what they read in class.

If I was from the Center of American Progress I would be embarrassed to admit to spending so long on a survey that is clearly misleading. Talk about a waste of three years!

Rule 1: Never ask students whether class work is easy when you can get a better picture by gauging their assessment results (I’m not referring to standardised tests).

Rule 2: Never ask students whether their homework was easy. Instead, ask their parents as they are the ones that do it.

Rule 3: If you are trying to make education more “progressive”, don’t waste three years on a survey.

Click here for a more in-depth analysis of this survey.

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