Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

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20 Responses

  1. NARATO0 says:

    Parcc is garbage not only do most of the students hate it but so do the
    staff as well

  2. W. Kiernan says:

    The whole point and the only point to all this standardized testing is to
    attack the teachers’s unions. Of course, the legislators who make up these
    idiotic laws, and the guys who finance the legislators who make up these
    idiotic laws, all send all their kids to private schools which are exempt
    from their pointless mandates.

  3. Abhishek Batra says:

    The pineapple story seems like an outlandish joke.

  4. Vlad Bayard says:

    Yeah, some things shouldn’t be privately owned

  5. BlueBirdMasquerade9 says:

    Got a 30 on my ACT. To prepare I stayed up till midnight and ate ice cream
    while watching the Simpsons thinking if I get a bad score I’ll take it
    again. Standardized tests are a joke. I got that score out of pure luck.
    There’s no way I deserved that score for doing absolutely nothing.

  6. 0MoTheG says:

    Tests test Tests.

    What tests are supposed to achieve is information that was long known, the
    trouble is doing something about it.
    Systems based on test, quota or other quantitative metrics have been tried
    and failed in areas such as warfare and health care, it just never works
    and is always fooled.

  7. Andrew Kelly says:

    At Catholic high school those tests were basically yearly “let’s show how
    much smarter than those public school jerks we are” test. This video has
    broadened my horizons as John often does.

  8. Kamau Muthoni says:

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you
    feed him for a lifetime.
    Maimonides

  9. Crystal Pistol says:

    Holy shit I that assembly hall with the dancing monkey looks mighty
    familiar. Riverchase Elementary is that you?!

  10. Coltrane Marunich says:

    Im so glad you did this John Oliver. Im fighting my county school board in
    Montgomery county Virginia. They think switching the start times between
    the elementary and high schools will help with test scores. That is putting
    4-12 year olds on the bus in the dark with 10 degree weather. There is more
    flaws to this proposal than that. But that is one of many concerns I have.

  11. Marcus Phillips says:

    HERE COMES THE MONKEY

  12. Adam Compton says:

    That “pineapple question” is actually a really cute story, and the
    questions (or at least the ones I’ve found online) simply require some
    critical thinking.

  13. Freddy Frooger says:

    Why not just increase the budget and get rid of testing?

  14. sirfirchick1 says:

    The things that are attached to Common Core is what is invasive and
    unconstitutional. Data mining is only getting worse. Surveys that include
    questions like parent’s political affiliation, jobs, health, education, and
    the very best..rated on “compliance.” That’s what they want with their
    agenda. Compliant worker bees.

  15. Kate McNamara says:

    At least you don’t have to do the leaving cert, 15 years of school all
    comes down to one week of tests! 

  16. AusMade says:

    Thank god leader of the free world is just a superficial title or we’d all
    be screwed.

  17. Ashraf Samy Hegab says:

    A pineapple challenges a hare to a race. Other animals figure the fruit has
    a trick up its sleeves, but the hare wins and the animals eat the
    pineapple. What is the moral of the story?

  18. Ukrainian376 says:

    You should take the ASVAB 3 hours of fun.

  19. Helestiar says:

    “the testing industry” there! there is your fucking problem! it shouldnt be
    a fucking industry! they are making money out of these kids’ misery!
    Once again John Oliver showing us what a horrible fucking place the US
    really is

  20. Vic Vinegar says:

    because we have a pragmatic result driven culture.