Lets kids be kids, but when are students too old to
Fourteen, according to the College Board, twelve for Princeton.
As students entering middle school face gradual load of homework and tests, the
College Board believes they should also start worrying about colleges. They
believe students should start worrying about the SAT to 'help them'.
Help them with what? Break downs? Apparently it's to identify which students
have talent and are likely to 'succeed if they take honors or AP courses,
but have not been recognized'.
Although the PSAT is voluntary, eighth graders need to be reminded what is
important in their life. But parents want their children to take the PSAT in
eighth grade to prepare them for another PSAT to prepare them for the SAT.
Robert Shaeffer, the public education director of Cambridge, says it's to 'Get ready to
get ready to get ready'.
The only way you can really prepare students entering high school is it assure
them, thatthey will always have a future in what they love. The thought of SATs
should not bombard their delicate mind while they are still discovering what
the world can offer them. No, this is not an exaggeration. They need to be
physiologically preparing themselves for a world of older people and tests
Surprisingly Princeton Review disagrees; they think students should take the
PSAT when they're in sixth grade. Princton Review's Kanarek said 'eighth
grade is too late to being pulling together a college prep portfolio'.
When is ready too ready? After elementary school? When
kids just learned how to read? After they just learned how to walk?
Parents know the stressful life high school students live, so why not let them
enjoy the last of their childhood? What are they going to do when you learn
that their child is dumb, or worse, untalented?
Nobody wants to know that they cannot do something because they don't have
No test should tell them what their limits are.