Multiple choice tests

Was reading an article (wall of text crits you for 9000) on the effect of telling your kids they’re smart versus emphasizing effort, and came across this: “we assessed the students’ mind-sets by asking them to agree or disagree with statements such as ‘Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can’t really change.’ We then assessed their beliefs about other aspects of learning and looked to see what happened to their grades.”

That kind of question kills me! I know the question is aimed at finding self-imposed caps on learning, but that’s not what’s asked! Even though I know the “right” answer I cannot go against my basic understanding that some people are in fact smarter than others. Later in the same damn article they state “People do differ in intelligence, talent and ability.” In a test I would definitely agree with the statement, even though I knew it was ultimately incorrect.

But Mark! you say, you knew the right answer why didn’t you choose it!? Because I’m a stubborn ass, that’s why. So if you ever wonder about my dislike of school, you now have part of the answer. I can literally take a test where my knowledge is equal or superior to that of the teachers and get a C, because I just cannot help myself. Apply this to a subject where I’m learning (as is typically the case) and you have recipe for disaster. Written test, a chance to explain the answer? Yes please! But being that both my parents are teachers I know using written tests for everything is nowhere near practical.

Still, I found the linked article fascinating, just beware it really. is. just. text. with basic formatting.
(if you want the easier to read version you have to click through the pages one by one.)

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