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Column: For students across state, testing is (a) stressful, (b) necessary, (c) both




“Do you believe in testing?” asked Eugenia Evergreen in her extra earnest voice. It was as if I were being asked if I believed in abortion, the right to choose or the Grand Canyon.

I did not know if I would shock her or gain her approval when I said, “Yes.”

Clearly, she was disappointed. “Subjecting children to the anxiety of adults is wrong,” she declared.

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