Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Favorite comments of '14: Anonymous and bj

On What should colleges be testing for:

Anonymous said...
The "tests" for art and music talent are portfolios and recitals. So lets' leave that idea behind. And by the time a student is 18, he or she needs not just divergent thinking in order to excel at the creative end of science and the humanities, but also solid background in skills and content knowledge.
Anonymous said...
My thought, too, on the tests of "creativity" -- why would you use a test, when you can actually look at the creative output of the individual? The idea smacks of someone who is too invested in testing as a means of measuring people, a "hammer" man. Those tests could be useful, as a means of trying to understand and measure and predict future creativity, but shouldn't trump actual production of creative work.

bj
Anonymous said...
Regarding how colleges choose their students, I think you are underestimating the contribution those "real world success" people make to the student community at a school. Those leaders and schmoozers and extroverts help produce community at the school, as they do when they graduate, as does variety.

I think you need multiple kinds of people to make the community in a university, especially one that is not narrowly focused (like, say, Julliard, or Caltech) and that all schools would not be better if they chose narrow focuses (though I wish there were more schools that did).

bj
Katharine Beals said...
Oh, but there will be plenty of schmoozers and extroverts who get high enough grades and SAT scores to get admitted on those strengths alone.

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