Parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall tackles the hip fetish for standardized testing today in Tablet Magazine. Sure, the most visceral problem with placing so much weight on the backs of young kids filling in bubbles is that it encourages both cheating and vomiting. But more broadly, these tests create wide loopholes that alter public education from an engine for social mobility—something central to Jewish values—to an engine for social stasis.

Testing the Limits