Children don't go to school to become leading experts in taking tests. They go to Learn. Standardized testing doesn't only sap children's confidence and belief in themselves as learners, it almost certainly puts vast numbers off the idea of being lifelong learners and leaves little time left over for learning.
In such circumstances, who can blame the teachers who focus their teaching and classroom practices on the singular goal of children's performance in the tests.
It's time to bring an end to this cruel and anachronistic nonsense. John Oliver may be skewering the American system, but those in other countries hellbent on the belief that data is everything (and the only source of real hard data is tests) must also look to their actions.
Our children deserve better.