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Standardizing the World


By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

For years schools all over the world have been requiring students to take a standardized test to gauge their knowledge levels. I don’t believe that it should be a requirement for people to take the tests. By using standardized tests, the government is telling teachers that they need to make sure the students understand the information that is on the test before they move on to other topics. By doing this teachers are not showing the students how to think creatively or all the different ways to get to the same answer.

During the written part of tests, this is the only time that it is not graded by a computer. Even today, due to the cost of hiring people to grade these written tests, companies are attempting to make a program that would allow the computer to grade the written portion. This would save money for our government, although it would create a huge controversy for people. If computers were grading the tests, they would most likely be looking at all the punctuation instead of the concepts that the students are trying to convey.

Personally I do not believe that there should be standardized tests that are required. These standardized tests are used to determine if students know the required information to pass the grade, or some even could prevent students from graduating. There used to be a writing test that students were required to pass during their ninth grade year. Although that is not a requirement anymore, there is still an English and a math test that is required to be passed before a student can graduate. I believe that as long as the students are able to pass the classes, that should be enough for them to be able to graduate, not a standardized test.

There are also standardized tests being used in job applications. These tests could cause a person from either getting the job or not. In these types of tests, it gives the person a situation and examples of ways to handle them. The person would have to choose one that he believed would do in that situation. This ,I believe, is not a good thing because it does not give people the option to think for themselves as to what they would do. Also these type of tests do not allow the employers to meet the applicants and see how they act when it is face to face instead of over a monitor. There are people that could know what it is that they should do in different situations, thus allowing them to pass the test. When they are actually put in the field, they .....
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Marcia Kay Leibold

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Marcia Kay Leibold, age 58, of Winona, Minn., formerly of Wykoff, Chatfield and Spring Valley, died Tuesday evening, March 10, 2015, at her residence in Winona. Marcia was born February 28, 1957, in Rochester, the daughter of Kermit and Louella ..... 
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Erwin D. Tart

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral Mass for Erwin D. Tart was held 10:30 Wednesday March 11, 2015 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, with Father Marreddy Pothiredy officiating. Visitation was held at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5-7 p.m. Tues ..... 
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Carole B. Wendlandt

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Carole B. Wendlandt, age 78, of Mabel, a former elementary school teacher, died Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Gundersen Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisc. Carole Bertha (Tangen) Wendlandt was born November 16, 1936 in Winneshiek County, the daughter of O ..... 
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Leslie Glenna

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leslie “Les” G. Glenna, 67, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, March 05, 2015, at his home. Les was born on October 22, 1947, in Bratsberg, Minn. to Levi and Mildred (Miller) Glenna. He was raised in Bratsberg and graduated from Rushford H ..... 
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Mary Bremseth

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Mary M. Bremseth, 65, of Houston, Minn., died on Sunday, March 08, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn. Mary was born on January 23, 1950, in Lanesboro, Minn. to Allen and Jean (Nelson) Bremseth. She graduated from Houston ..... 
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Marian J. Meinen Nelson

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony All

Marian J. Meinen Nelson, at the age of 102, peacefully went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, March 4, 2015, at Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony. Marian Janette was born on October 19, 1912 in Fillmore County, Minn. to Knute and Olena ..... 
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Margaret T. Reicks

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Margaret T. Reicks, 79, of Cresco, Iowa passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, Iowa. Burial took place in Calvar ..... 
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Tye J. Eiken

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Tye J. Eiken, age 51, of Mabel, Minn., died Sunday, March 8 surrounded by his family, at home on the Irish Ridge following a six year battle with melanoma. Tye was born July 15, 1963 in Caledonia, Minn. to Harlan and Jean (Rasmussen) Eiken. He ..... 
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