Elswick, Mike. “Official: State education focus on standardized testing hurts job market.” Longview News-Journal. N.p., 4 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 June 2013. <http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/official-state-education-focus-on-standardized-testing-hurts-job-market/article_514b036b-6e8e-5389-8e26-51cc15b6cc7a.html>.
The standardized testing enslaved educational system of today’s schools is ironically hurting the job market as well as the students (Elswick). As a result of the state tests, the system is teaching students to take a test instead of actual information. It prepares them for a four year college path and beyond, which is clearly not the correct route for everyone. However, there is such a stress on testing that students who thrive in hands on technical work suffer and ultimately drop out. Tom Pauken, a Texas Workforce commissioner sees the result of these smart students dropping out of school because of a lack of interest. He claims to want “at least three optional pathways high school students could follow, depending upon their interests and abilities… a math and science focus, one with an arts and humanities emphasis and a third with a vocational technical focus” (Elswick). This would center on the personal skills of each student so that they could be successful throughout high school and beyond.
This goes along with one of the more prominent arguments for incorporating games in schools. The games that each student enjoys playing the most would obviously be those in which he is naturally talented at. He could play them all he wants not only at school but in his free time as well. This kind of dedication eventually leads to skills advanced enough to enter the work force and become a valuable employee. Not only that, but the student would have a career doing something he loves doing, which is ultimately invaluable.