In an effort to inform area voters about the upcoming Clear Fork School Board election, the Bellville Star hosted a public forum, in which residents had a chance to hear candidates speak on a number of issues.
In addition to school safety and possible new elementary school construction, Dan Freund, Nick Kuelling, Ron Salkovick and Carl Gonzalez got a chance to speak on state standardized testing. The current testing system has been a hot button issue during the last year.
Each candidate agreed that state standardized testing is in need of an overhaul.
“I’m against state standardized testing,” said Kuelling. “It’s gotten to the point where we are so obsessed with our measure it’s defeated the purpose of education. We are (currently) going to school to take tests instead of going to school to learn.”
“The current system is a train wreck,” agreed Freund. “It is absolutely sucking the life out of our school system. Our teachers know where students are at any given time but now it’s taken the teachers out of the equation. The system is flawed and looks blame the schools and shame the teachers into improvement.”
“Common Core (testing standards) is about the evilest thing you can ever put into our education system,” reiterated Gonzalez. It’s not good for teachers, administrators or students. It isn’t education it’s indoctrination.”
“I’m a product of standardized testing telling me I am not good enough,” explained Salkovick. “If I had not listened to my high school chemistry teacher, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Education should be taught to individual students.”
For more of the candidates’ positions on a number of issues, check our website thebellvillestar.com for continued coverage