President Obama says testing makes education boring.
I’m not sure he’s right on that. When I was at school, I found nothing boring about a test.
In fact, I remember with great clarity sitting at my classroom desk, reading the questions on a test paper, and feeling the panic choke my throat.
Even when I knew the material, I was sweating heavily.
That’s because my parents expected good grades. They didn’t beat me if I got bad grades. I just knew that bad grades were not acceptable.
I knew there would be consequencesalthough, come to think of it, those consequences were never actually spelled out.
Now, I know the President, speaking recently at town hall meeting in Washington, D.C., was really talking about the dangers of today’s overreliance on standardized testing.