among other things, is to be wary of catch-phrases. This time around it’s "college-and-career ready.”
Who doesn’t want No Child Left Behind and children to be college and career ready? But the test-based education reform that we have suffered through since the Bush years and made worse under the Obama administration, has been proven to be the wrong way to achieve a solid, well-rounded education for all children.
The big problem with test-based accountability, is that whatever will be tested will be what takes up the bulk of the day and that means narrowing the curriculum. Preparing for the test is what matters, and the stuff that kids really like - art, music, science, creative activities - gets shoved aside. An individual teacher can try his or her best not to let this happen, can try to teach joyfully with children and their needs and interests as the focus, but it is like swimming against the current, a very strong current, strong enough so that you feel like you’re drowning. It is the reason why I took an early retirement.
Parents have it in their power to opt their children out of these tests. If enough parents opt their children out, maybe the powers-that-be will get the message.