It's been over 50 years ago since I graduated high school. The dropout rate was low, and very few got non-passing semester grades. Emphasis in every subject was always on learning the basic skills, then improving and expanding our knowledge. Teaching to the test back then was unheard of; the goal was for students to actually learn and to understand what they were learning. Our teachers were around for an hour after school to help us if we were struggling with a certain subject and not getting the concept during regular school hours. Our textbooks back then were far superior to those my children and grandchildren used, and I believe this difference is really problematic for both the teachers and students. Why this change?