There appears to be a revolt forming across the country against high stakes standardized exams. Teachers at several schools in Seattle are refusing to give students the state's test.
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The beginning of this new segment talks about the local grumble heard from teachers and administrators that hasn't really reached the national level. However, school consortiums around the United States are starting to adopt policies other than the nationally given standardized tests. This is one step in a positive direction because it allows for individual-based assessment. For example, certain schools in New York have the students demonstrate through their own means the information that they have learned, which I think is so much better than standardized tests. This allows for creativity and passion in a student, and could ignite some inspiration for future learning, which is what education should really be about. Students should be excited to learn, but when they are only learning facts to repeat on test day, they aren't learning anything fun or exciting. Sam Chaltain, the man interviewed in this segment, says that learning is a "personal" process, which I completely agree with, and that standardized testing takes that personalization away. The last thing he talks about is what parents can do, which is go to the neighborhood schools and speak up. If enough people speak up about the issues they find in our schools, the more issues can be changed.