Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tests are not about Education

Previously Posted by Marilyn Redmond on March 18, 2014 at

What is a Real Education? To “deliver information” as described by recent educators and Bill Gates is the opposite of the meaning of education. This is the intent of a controlling manipulative group who in our society wishes to govern. To allow that inner person to come alive with imagination, inspiration, and feelings creates real people. Free thinkers do not accept tyranny, laws that deprive freedom, and thought control.

As a public school teacher with more than fifty years experience, I would like to explain about teaching. It is more important to have a teacher with a rational mind, a healthy attitude, and an open mind, than a trained teacher that is pushed through a restrictive set of curriculum that promotes everyone being the same.

In the fifties, we taught to the needs of the student, and then the school district decided what we were to teach, followed by the state mandates, then the federal government had No Child Left Behind. It has been a slow change of philosophy to create a limited mindset, therefore denying the whole child.

We need diversity and not similarity to make our country strong. We have to have people who think out of the box and are not punished for thinking beyond the current trends of uniformity. Test scores are only a number given to the results of the performance by a student on a given day on a skill learned. It has nothing to do with intelligence or ingenuity. To pigeonhole a student with a number and compare them to another person takes away the individuality of the student’s unique abilities and talents. It reduces them to a digit and takes away their personality and personal freedom to be themselves. When did leaders come from the well-trained ranks? Only if they have the ability to be creative, intuitive and offer ideas beyond the confined thinking of the times is there real education.

Our country has departed from our pioneers in education: such as John Dewey, Jean Piaget, and Abraham Maslow. Friedrich Froebel's philosophy was that humans are creative beings. These educators provided an innovative process producing real education for pupils. Teachers need to assist a student in finding their own abilities while discovering learning is limitless.

It is not teaching to fill a student with book learning. You cannot teach a teacher to think with his heart. However, a person who is able to
encourage others to think from his heart did not learn it from a book. This is the real teaching and is not quantifiable. "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo.

Marilyn Redmond, BA, CHT, IBRT, taught for fifty years in the field of education from kindergarten to college, in wellness centers, and adult education. She is now a Holistic Health Counselor and international board certified for regression therapy. By healing your life, self-esteem, success, and health are your rewards. You can reach her for lectures and information at Angelica's Gifts- 253-845-4907 or

She speaks, writes, and consults on educational issues and excellence in education from her experience. As a spiritual counselor, Marilyn was inducted into Manchester's Who's Who for Executives and Professionals for her pioneering and innovative work in restoring traumatic lives, healing emotional causes of illness and releasing negative energy. She promotes claiming your health, happiness, and prosperity, now!

Marilyn’s web site is She is on You Tube and has a blog: Her story," Roses Have Thorns, Encouragement for Evolving from Pain to Joy”, is available on along with her E-books. She is currently completing her second book, “Paradigm Busters, Reveal the Real You.”

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