Yong Zhao is an amazing educator who knows why our current obsession with testing is bad for American society. He spoke recently in Michigan, where he explained why we should focus on creativity and innovation, not test scores. He also explained why we should not be awed by Shanghai’s high test scores, because the Chinese educators are not.

This article in the New York Times may be related: well-educated professionals are fleeing China to live where there is greater freedom, greater opportunity, and a more stable future.

Aiming for higher and higher test scores is a narrow and stupid goal. What we should concern ourselves with is sustaining and building a better society, where innovation is nurtured and where young people see hope for a better future.