Watch This Two-Minute Music Video: "Not on the Test"

04/23/2008 02:42 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

How can we get fairer, more comprehensive measurements of our kids' academic achievement?

All the scorched-earth essays in the world can't completely illustrate the quiet damage done by the current regime of high-stakes testing in our country's public schools. I could (and will at times) go on and on about how overemphasizing the Test leads to narrowed curriculum, mislabeled and discouraged students, militaristic school environments, teachers disillusioned by stat games...

But sometimes, a song can deliver a message better than anything else. Enjoy Tom Chapin's tune, "Not on the Test."

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