Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 2 2004 4:47 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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We have to change the one-size-fits-all testing mentality so we're not changing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.

—Portland, Ore., May 25, 2004

[1] uh, now, let me be clear about where I'm coming from on education. I believe we have to continue down the road of reform

[2] because I want no misunderstanding

[3] And I am not talking about undoing any standards.

[4] I'm not talking about not measuring.

[5] I'm not talking about not testing.

[6] I'm talking about doing it in a way that respects teaching, respects education

[7] and knows how to put discretion into a system