On Testing

A facebook friend posted this policy with an affirmation for it:

This rings familiar to the testing I provided in my last parish in which I oversaw altar servers. Most entered ministry in the 4th or 5th grade. After small group training, they could choose to take one test at a time of their choosing. They could also opt to take two tests with a peer. Rare it was for one of our servers to serve alone, so collaborating on answers seemed quite valid. After the written test, we would have an oral test. Any question missed I would cover on the oral exam. We would discuss until the girl or boy got the notion right. And they understood why it was so.

Most frequently, I would get expressions of surprise when I told them about my testing. (They were catching on, perhaps, that religion grades weren’t something to be taken as seriously as other subjects.) “What if we fail?” I was often asked. Nobody fails my tests, I would tell them.

I’m glad to see a sensible educator writes of “improv(ing) the mental health of students.” I feel affirmed my approach then. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have another opportunity to sow headscratching into another batch of parents.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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