Turning over public assets, disregarding teachers voices and placing products (tests) above all else is, from my perspective, misguided policy.
We all need to stop and think about what we want for our children and for all children and move toward a positive plan. We all need to do more. More thinking together – more experimenting – more commitment to each learner learning!
AND I think, along the way, we may come to the conclusion that we need more resources. We may need more resources: to true help children from birth to 5 years old to be nurtured and supported in their growth and development, to help more students complete K-12 schooling and not drop out, to help families in crisis when children’s learning is threatened as a result of a disruption the family faces and so on. Our society, all of us, need to make a commitment to the future that places the supported development of all our children as a priority.
I suggest that it is time to talk and listen to each other. It is time to open a national conversation.