Cincinnati, have you heard the news about the SAT? College Board has revamped (or demolished, depending on your perspective), the SAT ( I have a blog post about my angst here). No, it’s not about simply excising the word “phlegmatic” from college learning environments or workplaces, it is more fundamental. After all, David Coleman, CEO of Colleboard, which administers the SAT, also was a key player in the Common Core curriculum, and an ocean of crying students trying to figure out how to deal with being tested on the “common core” are still lamenting the changes that he made.
It will be interesting to see how students and colleges will ultimately react to the new test. Already, students are ready to shy away from something so new and strange (the word is actually novus in Latin). But, we will have to see. Collegeboard is only slowly revealing the exact nature of the new format, but you can get a head’s up here.
I for one will be a bit sad with the SAT’s final departure. I’m not saying it was a perfect test, but at the same time it was nice that students could be exposed to an ancient way of thinking. After all, were the ancients wrong about everything? I thought we were supposed to be in awe of classical Roman architecture and even the marvel of the Egyptian pyraminds? Perhaps the makers of modern psychological tests based on the four temperaments– phlegmatic, sanguine, choleric, and melancholic are hopeless medievalphiles and we should just stick with Prozac and Ridilin. I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, just prep for the PSAT and SAT, the best you can, or maybe just stick with the ACT!