Does Testing Kill A Love Of Literature?

Children’s author Philip Pullman says relentless testing of reading and writing in UK schools is causing students to hate reading. “The things you can test are not actually the most important things. When teachers are under pressure to get so many pupils to such-and-such a point, in order to meet an externally imposed target, they have to do things – for the sake of the school – that might not be things they’d do for the sake of the children.”