The oppressive reliance on testing has not been the concern of just a few outspoken teachers. It has come from too many corners not to be taken seriously.
It seems as if there has been too little dialogue between the department, the teachers charged with fulfilling its objectives and the parents whose children are subjected to testing pressure.
State Ed should convene sessions throughout the state where honest, open — and open-minded — exchanges of ideas can take place. Those meetings should not be gripe sessions but determined attempts to resolve the obvious conflicts of opinion on testing.
The outcries have been too numerous and too sincere to ignore.
Quality education should be the product of the best ideas of all concerned.