Imagine being a nine-year-old child. Picture yourself studying for a test, walking into class, feeling confident you prepared the best you could. How would you feel if after finishing the test you only understood half the questions? Would your confidence be shaken?
A team of scientists decided to take another look at the much-maligned multiple-choice test, to see if at least some kinds of questions, if well constructed, might indeed trigger the crucial retrieval process, and thus promote memory and learning.
Teaching should be pure joy. That so many of us are frustrated and alienated -- some to the point of despair -- is intolerable. We can end the suffering by making 2011 the year of the subversive educator.