Laura Brodie, an English professor who taught her daughter at home for a year and wrote about it in her new book Love in a Time of Homeschooling, writes a parenting column for Psychology Today and invites reader feedback to the testing question in her May 14 post, titled Standardized Testing and the Flight to Homeschooling:
“…one of the chief reasons I homeschooled my daughter, Julia, for the fifth grade was to escape Virginia’s testing regimen. In our school district, fifth graders spend much of their year preparing for tests in history, science, reading, writing and math. The result is nine months of boredom and homework overload. In my new book, Love in a Time of Homeschooling, I write about how Julia and I tried to craft an ideal year of learning for her fifth grade year, which included a lot of writing-across-the-curriculum, music, art and field trips, as well as plenty of math and hands-on science. Though we had our share of bad moments, as well as good, we both agree that homeschooling was a great alternative to a test-heavy year of public education.
“I’ll share some excerpts from my book as I write about standardized testing over the next few weeks, but for now I want to invite readers to share their opinions. How does your state handle standardized testing? Do you think the testing is improving the quality of your kids’ educations? Should we have national standards, instead of a state-by-state patchwork? Or should we cut back drastically on the testing? Should teacher pay and school accreditation be tied to test scores? And if you don’t like the testing, what are you doing about it?”