Low mark for pink hair, at home a bicycle for a red stripe. What did the evaluation do to the Polish school?
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Can you lose behavior points for makeup? You can. And if a student cuts himself off, can he get a lower grade in behavior? Maybe. School statutes are full of errors and provisions that are inconsistent with the Education Law, and teachers are not trained on how to assess and motivate students to learn. And the students? Sometimes they do not want to pick up a pen if the assignment is not for a grade, because parents pay for grades even in euros. Is cenosis a disease of Polish schools?
– Sit down, dude! – who didn’t hear it at least once in their youth. Some of us still dream that they failed their final exams in mathematics, others have nightmares that when called to answer, they cannot utter a single word. The characteristic twinge in the stomach caused by nerves before a test cannot be confused with anything else. One thing is certain: although many years have passed since the last day spent in the classroom, the school trauma related to grades remains deep in us.
It seems that our children will have the same nightmares in twenty years’ time. Teachers, parents and students agree – Polish schools have been taken over by assessment.
The Central Statistical Office reports that in the 2002/23 school year, there were 22,505 kindergartens, 14,073 primary schools and 6,819 secondary schools in Poland. Students were therefore assessed every day in over 20,000 institutions.
A discussion about whether grades in schools are awarded fairly and in accordance with the law has recently broken out in the teaching community following the results of the Supreme Audit Office’s report. Although the Supreme Audit Office examined the grading system in only 10 schools in the Świętokrzyskie region, this time the teachers were rated poorly. Why and is this a fair assessment?
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