In Texas, business leaders and legislators think that the more you test, the better the education delivered. You have to wonder if these people have children, or whether their children are in public school.
A reader from Texas comments:
We live in a middle/upper-middle class suburban neighborhood in Southwest Austin. Our kids get reading and math, math and reading and sometimes they get a little science or a little bit of social studies. At our school there is NO foreign language instruction, NO enrichment programs, NO project-based learning, NO student writing portfolios and NO outdoor education. The testing treadmill is scheduled to kick in next month when students begin to take benchmark tests. After that, it’s all data-driven instruction and test-based learning, with tons of anger-producing homework assignments. Sad to say, the grass is not greener on our side of the fence.