Nikhil Goyal is a very articulate high school senior who just published a book about what is needed in American education.

He wrote a letter to the editor of the NY Times, and his letter was so impressive that it became the focus for one of the Times’ Sunday dialogues.

That means that the Times invited readers to respond to his letter with their own.

This led to quite an interesting exchange.

The only addition I would make to the discussion is that the test results are used to bash teachers, knock public education, mislead the public about the condition of American education, and lay the groundwork for privatization.

As terrible as the overuse and misuse of testing is in relation to creativity, it is even more terrible in the way test scores are now being used to inflict damage on a basic democratic institution.