Tara’s Anxiety

Okay, the truth is, I never expected that everyone would say, “YES!” when I asked if it was a “bad idea” to avoid tests in homeschool.  What I meant by my question was, “Please write in and tell me that my kids are so lucky to have me as a mother.”

Next time I will try to be clearer.

My last post was the most commented upon post thus far.  Only a few commented on line, but many others wrote me email.  And the verdict was unanimous: Not giving tests is a bad idea.  I should help the boys get ready for tests, give them an opportunity to show what they know, and teach them that tests are not all that scary.

Before I respond, I want to do a bit of research (which, to be fair, will probably be a brief Google search).  I also want to give those of you who support me, I mean support the idea not testing, a chance to weigh in.

About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.

  • http://boydsnest.org/news/ Ann Boyd

    I don't know if I agree with the need for testing. It is probably good to help them to not be afraid of tests at some point, but I think you can probably help them hone their show-what-you-know skills by playing some variation of Jeopardy or something. That is my completely uninformed opinion.

    And, btw, your kids are so lucky to have you as a mother. :)

  • Wendy

    I'm a bit confused. Exactly, what is the difference between, for example, a timed "math test" and a math problem set that you have to solve on your own in a given amount of time (ex. before lunch, before the morning bike ride)?