Today's guest blog is written by New York Times Best Selling children's author and outstanding school presenter, Phil Bildner. Phil is a former N.Y.C. middle school teacher.
In a recent article, Joyce Murdoch Fieldke, compared high stakes testing to a form of child abuse. Fieldke wrote, "We are doing the exact opposite of everything that research and experience tells us is necessary for the healthy, well-balanced development of children."
As a former teacher, talking to students about reading and writing and process and creativity is by far my favorite part of being an author. However, as this year's round of school visits draws to a close, my heart is aching. It is aching because of the abuse taking place in public schools across the United States.