After No Child Left Behind laws were established by the feds, many Iowa districts decided raising test scores would require that kids study harder, that teachers teach better and if parents were asked to be involved, it was to push children to ace standardized tests.
"There was tremendous pressure on all stakeholders to improve test scores," recalled Eidahl. "Their focus became very narrow. Perhaps … to our detriment. Later, we discovered through research and practices of our own … was that culture was even more important.
An opinion by a Harvard University business professor was published in the New York Times in September, 2011: "When people don’t care about their jobs, they don’t show up consistently, they produce less or their work quality suffers."
"We want kids to come to school and be productive; productivity will look difference than in a work environment," said Eidahl. "Students learning and growing, students thinking creatively and critically. That's productivity in school."
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