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Standardized Testing Hampers Student Curiosity, Learning

Curiosity is Key to Learning

Fostering curiosity is the key to learning, said Erik Shonstrom in a commentary piece for Education Week. "We have lost sight of an important clue in helping our students succeed—that curiosity is an essential ingredient in wanting to learn," he explained.

"The only rational answer to this conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing," added Shonstrom, an assistant rhetoric professor in the Core Division at Champlain College.

He pointed out that there isn't much professional development that could spark curiosity in the classroom. Shonstrom even argued that as soon as curiosity is "codified in institutional bureaucracy, it dies."

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld Contributor

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