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November 26, 2014
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‘What is it? Wednesday’


Old washboards are immediately recognized, even if no one has seen one before, due to their presence in movies. Canning jars and the old-fashioned ice cream freezer with a turn crank are easy ones, too.

But John still has yet to work up the nerve to bring in the antique breast pump that we found in the cellar of our house when we moved in. It looks like an old, glass bicycle horn with a red, rubber squeezer—it’s a far cry from the newest Medela model.

As schools adopt the latest in state mandates with increases in standardized testing, I worry about what will happen to all the fun learning activities like “What is it? Wednesday” in our schools. Will some of them be lost in the push to raise test scores?