I just read that ACT is developing a test of college-and career-readiness for children in kindergarten.

When I read something like this, my first reaction is to think it is a joke, a parody, a satire.

Surely, no adult can take this nonsense seriously.

But it is not a joke.

Someone is laying out millions of dollars to find out whether 5-year-olds are ready for college or career.

ACT expects that entire states will use the tests they develop.

This is madness.

There are differences among five-year-olds, but so what?

Children of this age grow and develop over time.

They learn new interests. They develop new skills. They discover things they never dreamed of when they were five.

Once again, I ask, knowing no one will answer: Have we lost our minds?