There are 1400 minutes in a student's day spent outside of my class. I'm guessing most teenagers spend only a small percentage of these minutes thinking about my class. They may have six or seven other classes. Besides, teenagers have more immediate concerns. They are teenagers. Teachers compete against active social lives. I cannot equal their phone. I compete against twenty-first century entertainment. I lack explosions and car chases. These are battles that cannot easily be won.
I didn't become a teacher to teach to a test that attempts to teach kids that they and their teachers are failures. Strip "reformers" of their answer keys and let their children suffer through the surrealistic test-obsessed culture they have worked so hard to create for the rest of us. How much do you think they would be loving their "reforms" then?