I came across this video featuring renowned and inspiring educator, Rafe Esquith. He discusses his newest book Lighting Their Fires and how he strives to instill character traits in his students, "trying to raise honorable children in a world that is often dishonorable." He addresses our emphasis on test scores and that, although he believes in assessing children, the standardized tests aren't measuring what's important.
If you are not already familiar with Esquith, I recommend reading his books. I have read Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire and was inspired by his passion and belief in integrating music, theater, and real-world experiences into his classroom.
"A library card and a musical instrument and your child is set for an extraordinary life." - Esquith