Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sad Face


   I totally missed my blogiversary!!!! It was March 12th. I will NOT miss the next one, I promise. Well, I don't even know what I was supposed to do to celebrate my blog's birthday anyway, but it's still a little depressing. I mean, I feel like one year is a good milestone. At the same time, though, I feel like a year is also overestimated. Like, "oh, it's been a year, I'm still miserable, lonely, etc." or "gee, I should really be done with (insert goal here)". I think the concept of a year seems so long when looked at from an outside perspective, but it honestly feels like this year has gone by so fast.
    Alright, before we get into something super reflective and deep, I will change the subject (I know, you're proud of me). Not that this next subject is any lighter.
     I completely disagree with putting poetry on standardized tests. I think it is completely idiotic to pretty much say to students, "There is only one way of interpreting poetry, and if you think about it in any way different than a bunch of adults sitting in office cubicles then you are utterly wrong." While people may think that I am over exaggerating this, I know firsthand that this is true by talking to some of the students in my language arts class.
     A lot of the poems I have written (especially recently) have had more than one and even more than two meanings. I cannot even imagine the horror I would feel if someone asked to put my poem on a test. The wonderful thing (about Tiggers, is I'm the only one!*) about poetry is that the reader is free to take it and make it their own. It is not usually stated in a very straight-foward way, and that is sort of a license to the reader to create some beautiful connection even with an author who is merely a name to them. But of course, when poems appear on standardized tests, the student in forced to analyze them and this process sucks all of the curiosity out of the poem. Poems deserve discussion and contemplation.
    On top of that, who are test makers to just decide that one answer is right and the others are wrong? I mean, I understand math questions and even other reading questions but questions based on opinions are just messed up. Personally, I think that the student who finds every answer choice correct in its own little way is the genius.
    They say I'm too opinionated. I say they're too dull.


*Quick Winnie-the-Pooh reference for you. If you don't get it, don't worry about it.


  1. I for one got the Winnie the Pooh reference, and loved it!!! Now the song is stuck in my head

  2. It's worth it :D hahaha love you Amanda


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