"A whale ship was my Yale college and my Harvard" ~ Herman Melville
Did you hear that some kid stole the ACT tests at a Denver high school? What is up with THAT?
One of the "subjects" I tutor is test prep. One of the tests I prep people for is the ACT. This was actually the thing that caused the surprise from my student last week. He and I had spent about 6 weeks preparing him for his ACT. Every high school junior in Colorado takes the ACT whether they plan to go to college or not. The state uses it as its assessment for juniors.
It's all been said and done, and now I just tutor him in math. He thinks he did okay, and he knows that Wolfgang took the same test he took.
"How'd your son do?", he asked
"He said he thinks he did well, at least he finished everything", I said then added, "I didn't really give him any coaching".
"What?!? B...b...but... that's what you DO?!", he flabbergassed.
Yes, it's ONE of the things I do. When someone asks.
Truth is, I wish kids didn't stress so much over their test scores. Or in some cases, it's the parents that are stressing. And I do understand it a bit in the cases of students or athletes that are targetting a specific program at a specific university.
But I knew that Wolfgang had a handle on things. He actually did ask for some coaching for the science section as it was the one that gave him troubles when he took a practice test a couple of months ago. We spent about an hour lowering his anxiety the weekend before the test.
But to think that some kid would break into the school and steal the tests in order to.... what? Buy more time? Get a payoff from some other kids wanting to buy more time? Just see if he could pull it off?
Some tutor cohorts and I were discussing the whole pressure aspect for high school kids to get into a "good" college. We were all pretty much in agreement that where one goes to college often isn't all THAT important.
One guy noted that whom we marry plays a larger role than where we go to college in how our adult lives turn out. I would agree with that, and I pondered. I'm pretty happy with how my adult life has turned out. I guess it's good I married Magnum...
whom I met in college.
Okay, now I'm confused.