The apology is beside the point. Parents of public school students-myself included-are mad that our education system is still based on standardized tests that are developmentally inappropriate, unable to measure classroom learning, and over-emphasized to the point of corrupting the curriculum. Moms (and dads, for that matter) will not be happy until we put developing children and not raising test scores at the center of our education policy. We’re just waiting for Sec. Duncan to realize that he isn’t as brilliant as he thinks he is.
Jason Stanford is a Democratic consultant who writes columns for the Austin American-Statesman and MSNBC. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.