What those commenters don't know is that the endless stream of tests, accompanying prep, and supporting curricula are low-quality dreck, and they have very little to do with actual learning. They do, however, have a lot to do with bubbling in bubbles and guessing what adults expect.
No, those commenters may not know how bad the situation is for public schools right now in terms of testing.
But Arne Duncan does. He crafted the testing policy and now calls it a civil right.
He's choosing to keep his kids out of a system that spends so much time and money on testing that there's little time left, and no money, for stuff that's not on the tests: history, science, art, music.
If only Duncan wanted America's children to have public schools with the same rich offerings as the Lab School. Public schools that didn't have to waste time and money on endless bubble tests. Duncan knows what is best for his children, for Rahm's children, and for the President's children. Why isn't it right for other people's children? John Dewey founded the Lab School to see what was best for public education, not just for the children of elites.