Here’s an interesting TEDx video, in which Nikki Adeli, a high school junior in Philadelphia, talks about the benefits of not “teaching to the test”. This has become a large part of the educational discussion in recent years, as standardized testing has become so widespread and accepted as a gateway to student success and potential. Many argue these tests destroy student creativity and critical thinking as it narrows what must be learned to whatever fits a particular exam and places too much weight on this kind of evaluation. What skills are students actually learning, and are we really preparing them for 21st century challenges? Is there a better way? Adeli argues that project-based learning without the constraints of pen and paper tests have great benefits.