President Obama for a second time converted the White House public rooms into a science fair on Tuesday, and announced new federal and private-sector initiatives to encourage “a nation of tinkerers and dreamers” in so-called STEM education in science, technology, engineering and math.

Very nice.

Except for the fact that the education policies of the Obama administration don’t allow for “tinkering”, and certainly there’s precious little room for dreaming.

For the vast majority of students in this country, the instructional emphasis is on learning to get the right answer on the standardized test. Period.

Not on experimentation and tinkering, trial and failure, playing and reflecting, all of which should be at the core of what we do.