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Nowadays we can’t open an educational magazine, journal or publication without coming across some mention of the term high-stakes testing. A quick Google search of the term high-stakes testing turns up approximately 5,540,000 results. The Cambridge Online Dictionary provides the following definition:

high-stakesused to describe a situation that has a lot of risk and in which someone is likely to either get or lose an advantage, a lot of money, etc.

And yet rarely, if ever, do we refer to the development of our children as high-stakes. Why is this? It is not because we don’t take their education seriously. We do. And, it is not because we aren’t taking their development seriously. We are.

I contend that we have become so obsessed with testing and accountability that we have lost track of what is most important. Children today spend exponentially more time being assessed than ever before. It seems as if we are more concerned with knowing if a child knows how to add fractions than knowing if a child is happy and well-adjusted.

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We also need to keep in mind that schools serve a need other than learning.

Peter DeWitt

If we truly believe this do our actions reflect this belief? Or like a bumper sticker, is this one of those mantras that we claim is important to us, yet always remains in the rear?

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I begin to prepare.



Never knowing quite for sure what it will bring. But knowing that once I close my eyes. For good. It will be here. Whether I am ready or not.

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In those days, we finally chose to walk like giants and hold the world in arms grown strong with love. And there be many things we forget in the days to come. But this will not be one of them.


Brain Andreas

If I hadn't witnessed it with my own eyes, I am not sure I would have believed it could happen.

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You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.


The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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