People who know me personally know that I don't care to teach to the test. I am a firm believer in teaching what I'm supposed to teach in the most engaging manner I can that respects each student's learning needs. I'm not a huge fan of the standardized tests we have now, and I have little faith that the new ones coming with CCSS will be any better.
I tell my students that complaints will get them nowhere. They need to be looking for solutions, no matter how frustrating that is. I am tired of all the complaining in the anti-reform movement. It's time to come up with student-centered solutions.
Putting my money where my mouth is, here's my stab. Just a place to get the conversation going.
AttitudeWe need to give up on the "or" attitude. It's time to look for an "and" attitude. As in, "I know we need to allow children to construct their own meaning in their own time, AND I respect your need to make sure the children we send out in the world can actually read." We don't have to choose one, we need to find some moderation that helps children learn to function in this world.
Change is not always bad, people, and if we don't try we'll never know if there's a better way.