Budget cuts are forcing schools to close or cut back on libraries and are instead pouring more money into standardized testing. The Obama administration and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education have directed most stimulus money earmarked for education to testing.
While standardized testing should be a part of education, making it the focus is illogical and damaging. The prime goal of education should be to broaden a student's horizons, to stimulate their imaginations and to encourage critical thinking. Testing narrows their perspective and their thinking.
It's come to the point where the only metric for measuring success in education is test scores. Teaching 'to the test' has become the norm. It can only lead to future generations ability to think limited in scope.
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