School Board Hopeful Supports “Strengths-Focused” Education

"Since she started teaching in 2005, Heizer says she has seen a decrease in students’ ability to think critically, collaborate, write persuasively, and other skills that cannot be easily measured by a test, another issue that she attributes to an overreliance on standardized tests as an indicator of knowledge or success to the detriment of more creative or flexible forms of learning.

“I think we need to do a better job of helping our teachers, empowering them to say it’s okay to do this fun stuff. It’s important. It’s valid,” Heizer said. “I think we haven’t been empowering them to do that, because we’ve been pressuring them so much on tests.”

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Rachna Heizer