Given what we know about the structure of our society, the demands of the knowledge economy, and the need to pass tests in order to advance in many of the nation's best careers, how can we entertain the idea that testing should be drastically scaled back?
America's schoolchildren today are regularly out-tested on math, science, history and English scores by students from around the world. But it's not our students' fault. They haven't been prepared properly by our school systems, which haven't been able to keep up with global changes.
The international test scores are poor economic barometers. What matters most in the decades ahead is the extent to which we cultivate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, innovation, and thinking differently.