There is a dreadful irony—in the US, the teach-to-test movement is actually sending American education toward a tradtional Confucian system of rote learning that is the anti-thesis of preparing students to be creative and innovative. Simply amassing a body of knowledge that allows you to school high on international math and science tests doesn’t make you creative.
Policy makers in Washington need to get this point and soon. Of all the major innovations of the past decade, which have come from nations that score highest on these tests?
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