In Virginia’s high-stakes testing climate, drills could be killing the desire to learn. It’s worth a review.
Some local politicians question whether Virginia’s Standards of Learning work against the goal of providing students with a rich public school education that sparks a desire to learn. Sen. John Edwards, Roanoke County School Board Member Mike Stovall and Freeda Cathcart, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates, want a statewide coalition to examine whether the SOLs are doing as lawmakers intended. Such a review might find that the consequences of demanding higher results and focusing only on meeting those demands saps students of the desire to learn.