I'm a huge advocate of education for advancing civilization generally and agree with the comment above on the importance of early childhood education. But, I sometimes worry about the impacts of over testing and the long-term effects that trying to fit round pegs into square holes has on a young person's psychology. It seems like most of the methods are forcing everyone into the same boxes when we should be unearthing and celebrating the special gifts that each young person (and each of us) brings to the world. I often recall a quote from my own religious tradition, the Baha'i Faith, as follows: "The Great Being saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom." Are we really doing this in our educational systems in a way that releases both the spiritual potential and practical capacities of each person? Probably not.