Creativity > Standardized Tests

Politicians are constantly pushing for more focus on Standardized Tests to evaluate students’ knowledge. In addition, they are continuing to cut budgets which takes away funding for extracurricular activities such as sports, arts, and music. Basically, the education system is being forced to deprive students of exploring creativity, the part that made school bearable for me at least. In other words, their unique minds and ability to be innovative is being shut down. As miserable as school may become, to prevent the inevitable consequential response to want to drop out, 18 years old will be the new age in which students can drop out.

To prove how detrimental budget cutting and putting Standardized Tests as the priority are on the education system, I thought I’d compile a list of brilliant and talented people I know\met. Proving my point to all of those who believe choosing A, B, C, or D, and filling in scantrons are above all in determining a students’ brilliance, these phenomenal people can prove you wrong.

If you’d like to be added to this list\add someone on this list, please contact me and I will be sure to do so!

Artists

Lydia Chong, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, attends Rutgers University

Marli Burns, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ


Musicians

Alexander Bui, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, Played Piano since he was 4, made it on Americas Got Talent!

Rutgers Future Scholar, New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School 

Alexander Lopez, Singer, Rutgers Future Scholar, New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School
(Still waiting for video from Open Mic to be uploaded!) 

Alexander Parker, Singer, Guitarist, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ

Brandon Rosenberg, Band: Coming Clean, Egg Harbor Twp NJ

Carter Henry,  Band: Montery, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Corey Caso, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Crystal Barrera, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ

John Reeves, Rapper, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Pedro Gomez & Josh Strohl, attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick

Sam Lee, Member of Orphan Sporks (Rutgers Acappella Group)

Syed Kareem, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, attends Richard Stockton College of NJ

Happy – NeverShoutNever (ukulele cover)

Will Dicke, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Photographers

Revti Doshi, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ


Writers

Dennis Sholler, from Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, attends Rutgers University

“Love, As Defined” by Dennis Sholler

I have this friend who always tells me that
Love is nothing more than
A four-letter word
That starts with “L”

Lion
Lobe
Leak
Lust

He said that what I was feeling was lust,
And while I trusted his intuition,
I knew that he hadn’t experienced the
Trials and triumphs and tales and turning points of

Love
Lips
Luck
Lost

I lost myself when I lost my first love,
Or so I thought she was,
Because she was what caused emotions
To fire like neural signals and intermingle and
Tingle my belly and, before you know it,
You’re single.
Single as you were before; but
“What is love?”
Who knows what they want at
Seventeen or seventy or forty-three?
That was,
This is
That will be
Just me, and whether
Right or wrong, I

Left
Lead
Lure
Look

Let’s take a look at where it got me.
I have this friend who always tells me that
Love is nothing more than
A four-letter word
That starts with “L”
And that what I was feeling was lust, but
“What is love?”
What does he know?
What do we know
About falling for someone
In days or through late-night cabarets
Or clichés?
“I will love you always and forever,”
We would say, so there was no delay
In saying that I’d stay and
The options that I weighed
Meant nothing today because
I would be okay today and
Tomorrow and
The next day.

Then it falls away.

Now, you tell me
“What is love?”
And I will tell you that
It’s child’s play
To the truth of

Love
Liar
Loss
Like

I, like you, will ask
“What is love?”
Until the day that I am not
Hurrying,
Worrying,
Scurrying
To find answers
To abstracts and,
As a matter of fact,
I think I’ve already got it.

What is love when you’re pleading,
“Please don’t desert me?”
What follows love more than,
“Baby don’t hurt me?”
What is love to a boy who has traded it all
For cigars and tattoos and beers and guitars?
What is love to a “poet” whose pride
Fell off the shelf?
Where the “p” is left lifeless and
Would love nothing else
To pick itself up because
I “-oet” to myself
To know where it

Lies
Live
Life
Long

I long for the
Satisfaction of knowing
Above all else,
“What is love?”

Gwen Baxley, President of Verbal Mayhem, Rutgers, New Brunswick

Yauris Hernandez, Rutgers Future Scholar, New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School 

Once again please let me know if you’d like to be added\know someone who should be added to this list! Thanks :)

2 thoughts on “Creativity > Standardized Tests

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