This link is to a powerful piece by E.J. Dionne, Jr. in the Washington Post today:
Now that almost all the high stakes tests are completed in grades 2-10, there should be a little wiggle room in classrooms across the country. I’d bet an appropriate read (or review for younger students) of this OpEd written by author E.J. Dionne would provoke meaningful discussion and interesting writing assignments for older students. Is our Democracy in Trouble? Since we are educating the next generations of Americans who will be charged with protecting our Democracy, we may as well go ahead and get them meaningfully engaged in real world problems and challenges.