How can education move from heavy testing to help each child feel empowered?
What parents do not know and our educational leaders do not want you to know is that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
In the 21st century, can’t we do better, can’t we come up with a new vision of a system of education that actually empowers the full and unique potentials of each child–the whole child?
This is what is very wrong about the U.S. Department of Education’s policies on standards and testing. It is not the model or prism of thinking that will allow the United States to flourish in the 21st century and beyond, in that it keeps us stuck in 19th century thinking about our society, schools and ourselves.
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