In his latest, How Children Succeed, critically acclaimed journalist and New York Times Magazine editor Paul Tough effectively argues that policymakers are putting entirely too much emphasis on exams.
Despite that, parents are as frustrated as ever, teachers are tired of “teaching the test” and too many students are still failing. So why does this culture of hyper-testing persist? Well, for one thing it’s easier—at least for those administering the exams.
Here, Tough talks more about that surprising phenomena, the significance of noncognitive learning and from which direction the fomenting backlash against excessive testing might finally come.
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