I may sound cynical but I really don't think anything will be able to change things at this point. We have become so data-driven in education it's just ridiculous. Even in Kinder we have to do monthly benchmark (paper and pencil) tests, score them and then break it down into the different objectives showing in a chart the percentages for each one. I never in a million years thought I'd have to do that as a Kinder teacher. We have high-stakes standardized testing here in 3rd-5th Grade. Do you know we have to listen in trainings to how to begin preparing these kids at 5 for these tests? That's where I truly believe it stems from. No one who actually teaches these kids day in and day out would list all these standards for 5-year olds. Pressure is also put on us by the 1st Grade teachers, but I truly believe they are just trying to make their workload easier-if they come in knowing money and time, they don't have to spend as much time teaching it. Those objectives in every training I've ever attended are not supposed to be taught in Kinder - too abstract. Anyway, I know there are a lot of frustrated parents, teachers and children out there - but I just don't see a change coming as long as our education process is so data-driven. Just my .