My greatest teachers taught me to share and take turns while they taught me the ABCs. They taught me to work hard and be persistent while they taught me to multiply and divide. They taught me to be tolerant and respectful while they taught me the Bill of Rights. They taught me to love and serve while they taught me literature. And through it all they taught me to be happy and confident.

The proposed teacher-accountability legislation is a slap in the face of teachers who still devote so much time and energy to helping young people develop attributes that will help them live happy and successful lives. I fear that if it passes, teachers will devote more time to creating test-smart kids at the expense of taking time to create kids that can get along with each other. Is this really what we want? After all, shouldn't education do more than prepare kids for the SAT? Shouldn't it prepare kids for life?

Jeff Nokes