I admire that he led our divided Nation through the conflict and Civil War in order to have a more unified Nation today. I draw strength from history - my belief that education must be un-standardized and instead it should be customized to include much more than just the tested subjects is not going away. Everyday, it actually grows! It is absurd to believe we can put every student into a 'mold'.
We must decide in our hearts that a child's achievement level cannot be measured during one week out of the year in a test that is largely 'fill in the bubble'. We must be strong in our quest to change the policies that are designed otherwise. Student achievement is not something that should be measured to determine the value of the child, the teacher, the school or the district but rather student achievement should be nurtured in accordance with the child's passions and gifts. The 'test' of his/her success will come later in whether they can live a fulfilled life.