New, Reading Heavy SAT has Students Worried-NYTimes

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Hmmm sounds like a lot of unknowns. I would also worry about adding the words to the math problems. That doesn't necessarily show math comprehension as well as we'd like, and that can disadvantage someone who would otherwise do well. That said, I never took the SAT, only the pre SAT. We did the ACT in Wisconsin predominantly and I didn't apply to any schools that needed the SAT. Ultimately it's only a limited indicator of how well a person does in school, just like the GRE. I can see the benefit to changing it, but how heavily should it be weighted? Maybe that's the biggest lesson here.
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"TL:DR" -- Too Long:Didn't Read

Boy, I've seen that enough times with my soapbox lectures.
Sad part is, the complaint sounds more like whining by attention deficit folk who can't stayed focused long enough to actually read a story or even a sentence.

Many say, no word problems -- because -- reading.
But realistically, in daily life, you are not given 'just an equation', you are given 'a story' and have to figure out the math solution. And you can tell when someone has never 'gotten' it... when the power goes out and they can't even make change at the counter without the register or a calculator.

Basic money. Basic maths. Basic reading.
If they can't 'do' even the basics... why the heck are we pushing them to go to college?
Maybe community college. Or remedial school... but college?

Sorry... this 'dumbing down' of education is just sad.
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Maybe they shouldn't go to college. I'm not sure why people continually take out tens of thousands in student loans out... A lot of them never even graduate (and that puts them at a HORRIBLE disadvantage). They would have been better off not pursuing education at all.

Maybe not everybody is meant to be educated.

I'm not saying that's my opinion... those are just some of the gut feelings that came to mind.

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The biggest concerns were for those who don't have english as their primary language, which would provide a lower math score than they may actually deserve, and those who come from a poorer background. These are kids who could still succeed in college given the right support structure. And we all know that college, while it is overused sometimes, is still a critical aspect for many to get out of poverty. We shouldn't have a knee jerk reaction. That knee jerk reaction is what keeps this class divide.
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Connor replied the topic: New, Reading Heavy SAT has Students Worried-NYTimes

I think it is inevitable to have a knee jerk reaction, and it should be ok to explore those thoughts... but, they should probably just remain that: thoughts. lol.

And, yes, with those who have a hard time with understanding English in comprehension, that would be a real problem!

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We need to explore our knee jerk reaction because that is where our subconscious bias is showing itself.
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That's what I said.

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Sorry starting to run on fumes


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*nods* It's all good.

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