Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Frank Breslin, retired teacher of foreign languages and history, calls for Congressional hearings about the cost and misuse of testing.
He points out that test scores are used to close public schools, fire teachers, and privatize schools, even though charters do not get better results than public schools.
He warns that the federal government has used testing to impose its failed ideas on schools, eviscerating local control. Breslin concludes that the best way to end federal intrusion is to abolish the Department of Education.