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Loic Van Hoeserlande
Mar 20, 2024

Test Scores Are Not So Important

In the educational arena, we cling to a central belief: test results are the holy grail of success. For many students, and even for society at large, a good report card is synonymous with success, while anything less t is considered a sign of failure. But are grades truly the only measure of talent, potential, and self-worth?

The Limitations of Tests and Exams
Traditional test scores offer a limited view of a student's true abilities. They measure only a fraction of what is truly important. The emphasis on test results creates an environment where students are forced to prioritize grades over valuable experiences, creative projects, and essential skills.
Furthermore, tests fail to measure different forms of intelligence. Many students, especially those with artistic, social, or athletic skills, feel undervalued because their unique talents are not recognized.

Advocating for a Holistic Approach
It is long overdue to reconsider our educational priorities. We must acknowledge that tests do not measure everything. They say nothing about emotional intelligence, well-being, or the personality traits of a student. It is time to embrace a more holistic approach to education and evaluation.
As parents, educators, and society, let us focus more on the overall development of the child. What is the child good at? Is the child happy? Is the child laying a good foundation for his or her adult life? These are the questions we need to ask. Achieving the highest degree does not automatically lead to the best life. Sometimes, a 70% is better than an 80%, if it allows the child, for example, to spend more time with friends to practice social skills, be part of a sports club to stay healthy and live longer, and play games to improve their reaction time and mood.

As parents and educators, we must recognize that test results are not the only thing that matter. Rather, we should focus on the true essence of education: the development of the whole person. A holistic approach to education, valuing both academic achievement and personal growth and social skills, is essential.

Photo by Marcel Antonisse.

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