Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, concurred with Bonamici’s concerns about testing. “It’s not often in this town that you hear policymakers stand up and say we’re doing too much testing,” Honey said. “Putting too much emphasis on accountability is eliminating creativity and passion in learning.”

Honey spoke about a Montessori teacher who told her students to take off their shoes, put on a pair of new white socks, and play outside. When the students return to the classroom, the teacher told the students to look at the things that stuck to their socks and begin to think about the processes of sorting and classifying.

“What I love about that story is it’s about delight,” Honey said. “It’s about joy. It’s about pleasure. It’s about fun. And all of those ingredients should be part of how we think about learning.”



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