So we had a faculty meeting this week and were told one of the big complaints of the upper grades is the kids aren't being taught to "think". I just think it's really ironic that this system, based purely on multiple choice questions-both to evaluate teachers and students, is just now realizing this. I see it happening in a lot of classrooms-the focus on test prep, kids reading passages every day instead of actual books, doing worksheet after worksheet, nothing to teach them how to be creative. The teachers were complaining that it was one more thing now on their plate that they had to incorporate into their lesson plans. To me, it's not either or, you can do both. And the more critical thinking activities you do, the better they will do in the long run on those all-important standardized tests. I applaud our admin for encouraing that way of thinking, that way of teaching. I just thought it was amusing. Having to be told to actually teach kids to think.