January 21, 2014

At last, parent resistance to collective standardized tests



Again and again I've seen this dramatic discovery happen when I tell kids why we have, for example, a First Amendment and what it has taken for that right to survive so that they can use it. 

For another example, I know an 8-year-old who gets high on science classes, and when I bring her Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses," she dives right in as her imagination flares up.

What too many teachers, principals and school boards have yet to learn is that education can be very exciting for students preparing to be active citizens.

Next week: I report on Carmen Farina, the new chancellor of schools of New York City -- a possible national model for how children can and do experience the joy of learning.

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