Standardized testing has skyrocketed since the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. School reform is being pushed by politicians demanding “accountability” and “higher standards” (Common Core).
This is a heavy handed approach by people who are not in the classroom and have little understanding of how children learn. This movement is turning into giant test prep centers and is replacing good teaching practices with “drill n’ kill” rote learning.
There is little time for hands-on activities, experiments, or innovative teaching.
Teachers, students and parents have been shut out while politicians and test companies dictate what happens in our schools. This “raise the bar,” “harder is better” is a movement that needs to be opposed.