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Tests have long been considered an effective way to measure students' achievements -- ability.
But now new research is challenging that long held belief it suggests that there is a science.
Behind why some students perform well under pressure while others choke.
So could school's emphasis on testing and exams be setting some kids up for failure joining us now to weigh in our -- -- a fox -- medical eighteen and -- -- got she's the author of the book accelerated great to have both of you here.
And it's being here thank you -- -- let me start with -- we all remember the kids it from our great schools are high schools who.
Didn't test well and they would choke on tests and now we've learned from this study in Taiwan that there is a gene.
In these kids' brains that make up these -- stress testing situations.
Tougher for them than for other kids does this change the way we are supposed to test students.
Well -- I hope not.
Because the bottom line is we we know that if we go looking for every gene that comprises the human genome we're gonna find variations.
So those who would say don't -- kids anymore because there -- people genetically predisposed to do less well -- those circumstances.
They would be the people I guess is that -- don't have football games anymore you get a start some people ten yards in front of the other people.
Because their legs are genetically not as strong on his muscular.
We already have systems in place for if you have a diagnosed -- order.
You can take tests on -- you can get extra help.
But the notion that we should simply.
Throw up our hands and say well people are different than that -- test anybody that's just defeatist in our schools frankly.
So we better start testing kids to get him ready for the real world.
Okay and yet -- and you know better than anybody really that test stress has increased for kids for teenagers your son.
Went to one of the most competitive schools in York city you've written a book about just how high the stakes were and the stress tell us about that.
Well my son actually was one of those kids he just tested very badly and and still does test badly and I I it.
Understand that dot tablets plain and yet I think it's really not all or nothing.
Like that indeed there are kids who are very Smart very capable.
Like my son so what are you supposed to do for kids like your son -- when a who who don't test well.
Obviously getting them as familiar with the process as -- cannon that helps but one.
My son was going through this and he's he was in in third grade at school.
They suggested that I again though haven't evaluated for attention deficit and because -- -- -- -- -- could really help him to focus.
Yes and that is a great point because -- -- -- I don't have to tell you this is happening more more because that test stress.
Then there is a cycle where doctors get involved and if you just give them a little -- -- -- -- test better.
Well there's definitely over prescription of Ritalin and lateral and medicines like that not that attention deficit doesn't.
Existed does but don't shoot the messenger.
Of kids who graduated this study showed 20% -- graduate public school in New York City are prepared.
For college or stressful careers 20%.
80% of the kids coming out -- public schools need remediation in order to attend community college.
This is a colossal global failure.
We need more testing and stringent standards not less because teachers dropped the ball.
These schools have dropped the ball and until this creative and targeted.
Education that really strategically prepares our kids we're gonna need outside forces become an -- just what you do when there any.
-- -- -- We're got to leave it there doctor -- tableau brought hundreds guy get near the author of accelerated its a great book thanks so much for having this debate we'd love to hear from our viewers whether or not you think there is too much.
Test stress on our kids threaten our -- exactly what we need thanks so much.
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