Chris sits down with Congressman Jamaal Bowman to talk about Bowman's More Teaching, Less Testing Act. The More Teaching, Less Testing Act aims to address the issue of over-testing in schools and shift the focus towards more meaningful and holistic learning experiences. The legislation is a response to decades of advocacy from educators and families, seeking to align education with lifelong learning rather than standardized testing.
Serving New York's 16th district since 2021. Bowman was a crisis management teacher in an elementary school in the Bronx, who eventually founded his own public school, the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, a middle school in Eastchester. For years he maintained a blog on changing school policy and standardized testing, with a focus on being deeply involved in the opt-out movement to encourage families to not take the tests, as well as centering pedagogy on social emotional health and restorative justice.