[LMB] OT: testing

Richard Macdonald rmacdonald at microd.com
Fri, 01 Feb 2002 19:42:24 -0500

Robert Parks wrote:
> POUNCER wrote:
> > That sergeants don't "teach to the test" the way
> > teachers are supposedly compelled to, seems
> > to be a feature of the respective cultures.
> > Missions may fail and lives may be lost if
> > the soldiers aren't in shape.  But if the kids
> > can't read or calculate ... "they'll get another
> > chance next year."
> >
> > I'm no doubt missing something here...  Maybe
> > sergeants are much better paid, or more widely
> > and highly esteemed by the culture as a whole,
> > than are teachers?
> Probably because their paychecks and livelihood are not based solely on
> the results of the test.

On the individual level their livelihood is based on their passing the
test, and if their troops do not do well, there goes their NCO
Efficiency Rating and that will screw up their promotion and retention
in the future. Of course there is always the final exam (mine was in
1991) and your life DOES depend on it.
Richard A. Macdonald, CPA/EA
SSG (Ret), USA, ADA 16P34
Dedicated follower of Fr. Luca Pacioli, master juggler
Gib mir Schokolade und niemand wird verletzt