Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Student is correct, and stupid. Now back to the test…..

So Kyron Birdine was taking one of those idiotic standardized tests that we all love so much.  Of ample intelligence and work ethic, Birdine decided that the test wasn’t worth his time and defaced his test booklet with the phrase “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) and took a picture of said transgression.  Then he Tweeted it.

student tweets yolo

The answer didn’t get him suspended.  The picture of the test did.  It nailed Birdine a four day suspension.  Excessive?

Yes and no.  Obviously the picture was not taken because he was trying to Instagram the answers around the world for people to see.  Not unless the prompt is something like “Write down a four letter word that would best explain how stupid people describe Carpe Diem.”  Yet the rules are pretty clear that you don’t take and publish photos of a fairly important test.  Especially when the high stakes aspect of the test put the schools ass in jeopardy.  Now the school will get increased scrutiny, have to write gobs of paperwork, and risk worse sanctions because a student was bored. 

Which also makes this a classroom management issue.  How in the hell does a student manage to click off a picture on his iPad?  If this was my class during STAR tests and I saw an iPad come out a pack of Velociraptors would drop from the ceiling and eat the iPad while the Grim Reaper came through the door and threaten the very existence of the student.  This is another example of “we are part of the problem” and while the student needs to pull his head out of his ass, so does the teacher.

But don’t worry because testing will now be on computers and that is so much more secure.  I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

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