This piece was originally published in 2015, but as we head into the 2016 season of state testing, our children and their teachers are under tremendous pressure to focus more on test scores than actual learning. At every opportunity, tell anyone who will listen that our schools, our kids and our future deserve better.
Regular readers of this blog know that I have not lived what people would call a “standard” life. That said, I’m going to show you that there is no such thing.
Over the last several years, the issues of standardized testing and common core curriculum in our schools have risen to the top of the public conversation.
On one side of the argument is the desire to measure both student achievement and teacher performance. Politicians love this because it gives them data to support declarations of “look what I did” when numbers are up, and conversely “look what you did” (directed at teachers & administrators) when numbers are down. […]