The era of standardized testing effectively has reduced time in elementary school for social studies, science and the arts, while devoting more time to literacy, Arthur Camins writes. In this blog post, Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology, writes that the reading of informational texts, "is a paltry substitute for active student engagement that models the practices of scientists and engineers, social scientists and historians, and artists of all types."

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