If you question education reform efforts, the replies from legislators and educrats are often the same:
I don't know.
We'll fix it later.
It's going to be expensive.
We have a crisis.
We can't compete.
If you persist in questions, you get these responses:
You prefer the status quo.
You are a skeptic.
You believe in conspiracies.
You are an enemy of education reform.
I declare to the world that I am a NUT and a follower of the NUT principles of Stephen Krashen. The No Unnecessary Testing (NUT) principle, first proposed in 2008, avoids the $4.5 billion investment in new standards and testing. It cuts back testing rather than adding more.
"Every minute testing and doing "test preparation" (activities to boost scores on tests that do not involve genuine learning) is stolen from students' lives, in addition to costing money that we cannot afford these days."
There are already indications from those charged with publishing tests that they do not have sufficient funds, time, or resources to meet the expectations.
NUT should be a movement.