So true and administrators are rat bastards...they don't have a backbone..."teach the test, we'll teach them how to think later"...
Our education system is scary fricked up straight down to its foundation. The bad teachers who teach kids facts and how to take a test are patted on the back while the great human beings who strive to connect with their students and teach them how to think, solve problems and question the status quo are admonished and handcuffed.
This occurs to the point where a truly talented, gifted and intelligent young person struggles because they don't fit into the mold of mediocrity that our society calls a "good student".
It's a damn shame that we must strive for mediocrity and that there is absolutely nothing the truly great teachers can do about it.