Hey you instructors out there, I have a question for you. Do you teach to the test or do you teach another way. The issue at hand in my community schools is the “teaching to the test.” The teachers are faced with requirements that are placed upon them by the federal and state government, and the results had better show in the tests that students take. So, as you would expect the teachers are required, by the school administration, to teach to the requirements the state places on them that the federal has places on them. So you can see how teaching to the te st is institutionalized.
I have requirements, for tests, you need to be able to do the kata and do them correctly. You need to be able to defend yourself, and the other items that you would expect. However, I don’t teach to the test.
Often I am very casual about what I expect, “Look at the list, see what you need to be able to do, and do it.”is the kind of guidance I give. Rarely do I spend a lot of time nit picking over the person that is facing the test. I let them work it out, let them ask questions, and I casually watch only intervening is something is seriously out of whack.
The last test I held, the two candidates where working kata, and applications, over and over for a good month, focusing their attention tighter and tighter, honing their technique. The test however was going to be breaking, tameshiwari. They where at the level that they both needed to know how to project, hit, and focus, that is what tameshiwari is about, and about 20, to 25 boards later the test was done.
So teaching to the test, not a bad thing, showing how what you know can be applied outside your focused mindset, yeah that I like.