You may recall that ACT is developing a test for college-and-career readiness for children in kindergarten. And a number of districts and states are developing tests for kindergartners to test their cognitive skills. The U.S. Department of Education is promoting these assessments, as there can never be too much data to go into the vast data storage warehouses that every state is now building to track every person as early as possible. And of course the tests are absolutely necessary to provide the data to evaluate the kindergarten teacher.
This is a time of madness. Why can’t we leave the little ones alone and let them play and dance and sing and make things?
This kindergarten teacher saw the writing on the wall. So should we all. Not to leave, as he did, but to stand up and shout No, not with my child, and not with anyone else’s child. No, stop, this is wrong. Let children have a childhood.