Are We Moving Too Fast?

In the transition from a mainly agricultural state to industrialization – the uprising of noise pollution, pollution in general, and technology growing – we became a fast-paced society. We became increasingly more demanding and more snappy about how we wanted things to be done, both in quality and speed. Which didn’t necessarily become a problem until we realized we can’t stop. We can only move faster and faster, but slower is unacceptable to society.

Are we too fast to even take a step back and realize it? (photo by laffy4k)

Are we too fast to even take a step back and realize it? (photo by laffy4k)

Just think about it – even as we’re going fifty miles down the road, people still pass us and go around us. Why? Because going the speed limit is too difficult a task, apparently. Now, the reason I bring this up, is simply because as we grow up in a fast-paced age, we’re teaching our kids to be just as fast-paced.

I have mentioned before in another article how even the television is training our kids to have shorter attention spans – by presenting them with new frames by a few seconds, if that. Now, adults started the transition from slow life to fast life, and our children are getting the bi-products.

Just recently, it became public knowledge that the SAT and ACT were changing. I wouldn’t say radically, but the change is still significant enough to talk about. They are becoming more practical, according to the NY Times. This new SAT is supposed to be released in 2015, and will involve words that will actually be used in real, regular, day to day life. The new ACT is becoming digitalized.

Both of the tests are changing for various reasons, but the main would be to move beyond testing college readiness, into actually preparing students for college readiness. This means starting early – as early as third grade for the ACT. The goal is to help more students become college-ready, so that lower-income students have as much of an equal opportunity as the higher-income students.

It’s a good plan, except for the fact that:

  • We’re probably stressing our kids out. Being eight years old isn’t exactly what I call the time to be worrying about college.
  • Not everyone is meant for college, and not everyone can have the same opportunity at the end of the day.

The man behind the change? David Coleman, who is the current president of College Board – which runs both AP classes and the SAT, which is why both are very similar in the way they test. Coleman was also someone who had great influence in constructing Common Core Standards, which are currently being put in place.

This is not the first time the SAT or the ACT has changed. As time changes, so do measurements such as these.

The question is not a matter of if these changes are needed – everything needs change sometimes. But rather, the question is a matter of if we have changed too much too quickly – if we are doing more damage by rushing into things, by taking away the worry-free aspect of childhood and replacing it with standardized testing. 

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