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- Schools are less interested in being innovative, professionally developing their faculties, and "learning" better ways to teach because they are so focused on getting a good "grade."
- Schools shy away from challenging tasks that might benefit our students because such focus would take time and resources away from test preparation. Schools do not attempt challenging reforms because they are afraid their "grades" might slip. The status quo looks pretty good, as long as your funding isn't getting cut and you've got a passing grade in the local newspaper to show taxpayers. Schools are focusing on ways to keep that status quo as long as possible with the least amount of resources possible. That's a recipe for stagnation.
- Most importantly, the quality of thinking in our schools is suffering. Teachers aren't expected to think about ways to improve their lessons. Instead, schools are buying scripted textbook lessons that are "proven to increase test scores." We are replacing any hint of innovative practices inside our schools with "standardization." In short, we are focusing all of our energy on winning the game of standardized testing, and no energy on ensuring our students are actually learning.