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Too much testing stunts our children’s development

As a former teacher, the beginning of the school year always makes me nostalgic for my many days (many years, really) of teaching kindergarten and first-grade students. Since my retirement four years ago, the curriculum has changed dramatically. More is expected of our youngest learners, and teachers must teach to this curriculum and to the increasing number of tests.

I wonder whether children have time to act out rhymes and stories. I wonder whether teachers have time to read stories for the simple joys of reading and listening. I wonder whether children have time to use manipulatives to learn sorting, counting, adding and subtracting. And I wonder whether children have time to play – to process all they have learned during their busy school days.

Moving, reading, listening and playing are ways young children learn. Taking paper-pencil (and even computer) tests do not fit into a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Call your legislator – say “no” to all this testing time.

SUSAN BERRY Fort Wayne

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