Should You Pull Your Kids Out of Standardized Tests?

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Dec. 5 2013 12:17 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Don’t Test My Kids Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about a movement of parents opting their kids out of standardized tests, and the Disney movie Frozen.

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In the inaugural edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois are joined by New York Magazine writer Robert Kolker to talk about the small but vocal opt-out movement—parents who are pulling their kids out of standardized tests—and growing opposition to the Common Core. Then Dan and Allison discuss the new Disney movie Frozen, which broke box office records in its debut weekend and is the latest animated movie to feature plucky princess heroines.

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Allison and her kids loved Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, a live show of tap dancing, drumming, beat-boxing and general awesomeness, hopefully coming to a theater near you.

Dan says to buy James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks for your kids. His eldest daughter will read it now that she’s done with Harry Potter.

Email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should cover in the next edition.

Allison Benedikt is a Slate senior editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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