The Purpose of Education
Education has been very successful in meeting the supply side of the demand for test grades – through considerable focus on quality, control, targets and achievement outcomes overall test grades get better every year.
Maximising test grades has become the purpose of education – we can’t fault the system for effectively meeting demand. Learners demand test grades – to get a job; to get on a course, or as consumers as a return on investment for tuition fees. Education itself demands test grades – as input quality controls to maintain course achievement levels for competition and to secure funding.
So, what’s wrong with teaching to the test – the system is effectively meeting demand for test results.
The purpose of education is to supply demand.
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