No Bobby Left Behind :: A Satirical Look at the Pressures of Standardized Testing

Carlos, our Research & Evaluation guy at Breakthrough, is guest-posting today.



Being from Texas, I have always appreciated the satire of the Fox television show King of the Hill and life as it relates to a simple family from a simple Texas town. In a recent episode, Mike Judge (yes, THAT Mike Judge creator of Beavis and Butthead), tackles student achievement tests and what the pressure can lead school boards, administrators and students to do.

The entire episode is quite hilarious and available for view at, but this clip is a good place to start: Principal Moss, burdened by the pressure of his students performing well, has found a unique way to work around the testing, and takes it just a bit beyond the edge.

Clip: Staring into Space

Full Episode


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