This week’s Tablet magazine column is about why our current obsession with standardized testing is both wrongheaded and profoundly un-Jewish. I wish I’d found a way to work in a mention of Linda Perlstein’s superb book Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, which looks at how No-Child-Left-Behind-driven standardized test prep has changed the entire experience of learning and curriculum in one low-income Maryland elementary school. It reads like a novel. A harrowing one. Also wish I’d had a little more pondering time — I regret not adding a more explicit comment (though I’m hoping it’s sorta implicit in the Diane Ravitch quote) that teaching to the test isn’t a holistic way to learn, and Judaism is all about interconnectedness and integration of different spheres of experience. Oh well.