When I think about the teachers that have made an impact on my life, I remember the ones who would sit with me one-on-one outside of the classroom, helping me to understand the material. Unfortunately, I could not appreciate their patience in those moment because when I was sitting with one of my teachers, it was generally in preparation for a major test or exam. President Barack Obama announced in a Facebook video message on Oct. 24 that he has heard the complaints from students, parents and educators regarding over-testing and plans on changing our classroom environments. I hope that the Obama administration’s efforts to bring about change will be successful because as a student, I continue to see the classroom environment become less about learning for the sake of learning, and more of an unhealthy cycle of material being taught in preparation for a test.

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