I have been concerned with the tremendous push in the last 20 years to prepare children to take large school, high stakes tests across the nation. My sense is that it has created an extreme focus on passing the test and neglected a great deal of learning that is not included in the test. We essentially are killing all the independent intrinsically motivated learning instincts that naturally dwell in most children. I think parents can be given the skills to help their children grow independent learning skills.