If we want kids to experience a sense of wonder and discover new information, generate novel ideas, and derive their own conclusions after a discussion, then the current educational system is a failure.
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Of course, if the "school reform" mania reaches higher education, then the next step in the destruction of public education will be to tie funding to college graduation rates.
The educational decisions now made in part on standardized test scores are neither few nor inconsequential. This is hardly about who gets a sticker for a job well done.
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