Teaching to the tests

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Teaching to the tests

The educational system today is really overburdened because schools are mandated to teach a required amount of information, a way overpacked curriculum. When we talk about teaching to the test, it's the test that is testing the amounts of information that is far beyond the brain's capacity to absorb and to absorb with any pleasure at all or to teach with any pleasure at all. We are now requiring, starting in First Grade, the amount of data that it would take according to the Department of Education, what would take 18 months, in 9 months. We are not getting to do any learning. Teaching to the test means memorizing without there being any meaning or any joy.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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