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Educators Say Standardized Tests Get in the Way of Teaching

Educators shared their thoughts on elementary education last night during a taping of WNPR's "Where We Live." From left are host John Dankosky, Hartford teacher Jodi Kabat, UConn professor Douglas Kaufman, Manchester teacher Michelle McKnight, and Bloomfield teacher Norma Ferguson.

Educators shared their thoughts on elementary education last night during a taping of WNPR’s “Where We Live.” From left are host John Dankosky, Hartford teacher Jodi Kabat, UConn professor Douglas Kaufman, Manchester teacher Michelle McKnight, and Bloomfield teacher Norma Ferguson.

Teachers need to be able to build relationships with students and foster creativity, critical thinking, and a love of learning in order to ensure the success of their elementary students —  but standardized testing is getting in the way. That’s what educators on a WNPR “Where We Live” panel last night on elementary education told host John Dankosky.

“I really want kids to play and be curious,” said Michelle McKnight, a math interventionist at Bennett Academy in Manchester. “Especially in elementary school, we are trying to grow brains and help them explore and love learning and life.”

McKnight added, “In order to be productive citizens, we have to teach our kids to think, and I’m not sure that that’s what standardized testing does.” Read more