Testing discussion highlighted in Chicago Tribune

A discussion at Erikson on the role of standardized testing in the U.S. was featured in a Chicago Tribune column by Heidi Stevens.

Sponsored by Erikson and the Family Action Network (FAN), the event included remarks by National Public Radio education reporter Anya Kamenetz, author of The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be, and Erikson professor Jane Fleming.

More than 50 people listened as Kamenetz gave an overview of the country’s “test-obsessed culture,” while Fleming commented on the effects of testing on students, families, and schools.

Fleming agreed that standardized testing has a place in education, but questioned if it was currently structured in a way that supported how children — particularly young children — learn and develop.

In her Tribune column, Stevens resolved to make sure her children get enough rest before test days as their school advised, and to also remind them that testing is not a measure of their whole worth.

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