I know some people think teachers want to protest testing to protect their jobs. That may be partly true, but I believe that it has gone way past that now and administrators and parents are increasingly speaking out to rescue our children from this terrible pressure that is turning our schools into test-passing factories.
What I can't understand is how reputedly parents can simply opt out of some of these so-called mandated tests? If this is true, I don't understand how they can say the tests are so vital, but parents can, apparently without providing reasons, simply refuse to let their children take these tests? So why would any caring parent not opt out? And if every parent did opt out, what message would that send to the testers and the test-happy politicians?
Would I make my children take these tests if I could simply opt out? Read between the lines. I still say, "Children first." and though I believe in doing everything possible to give kids the best education, all this testing is not the answer. "You can bring a horse to water, but can't force him to drink." In this case, "Pouring more and more water (testing pressure) is not going to make our kids learn. What will? Sweetening the water might make a horse drink, and making education less threatening, more interesting, more valuable because it deals with real life, more challenging and yes, exciting and fun, will make our kids love learning...just the way they did when they were born. Make schools more personal and less factory and children will learn.