Author: Miriam Cohen
Plot Summary: When the lady from the principal's office brings a test for the first grade class, the children have trouble with the test and feel bad. Fortunately, their teacher explains that a test doesn't reflect important things like creativity, kindness, and friendship.
Posted In: Philosophy of Education, Social and Political Philosophy

Discussion Questions
  • Why were the students upset after taking the test?
  • Was the teacher a good teacher? What makes someone a good teacher?
  • Is a supportive teacher the same thing as a good teacher?
  • Where do affirmation and encouragement factor in to a teacher’s success?
  • Does a test measure the teaching ability of a teacher?
  • What are the qualities of a good student?
  • Why is standardized testing written? Does this advantage some students over others?
  • Should tests be free response or at least allow space for explanation of answers?
  • Is there such a thing as a perfect test? A perfect test for a single student?
  • What does testing do for self-esteem of students?
  • Do tests measure intelligence?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of advancing a student in a special class or higher grade-level early?
  • What are alternatives to testing?
  • Is taking a test a skill in itself?
  • If a student continually tries, but fails over and over, does this make them a bad student? Does hard work have more weight in the evaluation of a student than test scores?
  • What are examples of intelligence outside of high-test scores?
  • Are intelligent people admirable?
  • What would a philosophical test look like?
  • Why do we emphasize the importance of single, right answers?

Contributed by Gobe Hirata