Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...[W]e have piled on a lot of standardized tests on our kids...
Too often what we've been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools...
...[O]ne thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching to the test. Because then you're not learning about the world; you're not learning about different cultures, you're not learning about science, you're not learning about math. All you're learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and the little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test. And that's not going to make education interesting to you. And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in. They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring."
Univision town hall meeting on education, www.whitehouse.gov (transcript), Mar. 28, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of education. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Illinois State Senator, 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
Former President, Harvard Law Review
Recipient, Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
Recipient, Chairman's Award, National NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 2005
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997