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The Danger of Ignoring the Most Important Problems Facing Our Kids and Our Society; John Thompson at Diane Ravitch

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"John Thompson, historian and retired teacher shares his thoughts about what matters most for the future--and it  is not test scores, yet we have spent an entire generation–now almost two generations of young people who have passed through our schools since 2000–focusing only on test scores. Will we/they pay a price for  the more than two decades of “School Reform” under the test-centric policies of  Bush & Obama. Educational paralysis will continue, and millions of children will continue to be mis-educated & under-educated, as school districts over-test and impose narrow curricula restricting teachers’ ability to innovate, & ending/curtailing art, music, physical education etc. Teachers are judged largely by student test scores, leading them to devote more and more class time to test-prep, not teaching and exploration of idea."

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