What kind of schools benefit our communities and our country? – K. Griffin

By Kevin Griffin, President-Dublin Educators’ Association
October 17, 2012

The Corporate Education Reform movement has peaked and is on the decline.  Parents are waking up, looking at the facts about America’s Education system, and realizing that Public Schools are doing a fantastic job.

The Corporate Hedge Fund Education scheme of one-size-fits all reforms are a bust.  Standardize testing, which assume that all children learn and think in exactly the same way, are forcing schools to teach to the tests.  We can’t allow the bubble-sheet movement to shortchange our children.  The teachers know it and so do parents.

What kind of school would you like for children?  What kind of schools benefit our communities and our country?  One that has caring teachers with high levels of training?  One with small class sizes that allow for individualized instruction?  One with updated technology and trained educators in utilizing that technology?  One with a full library of resources?  One that teaches Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education?  One that has trained and qualified nurses, counselors, and social workers?  One that has tutors and gifted specialists who have the time to remediate and enrich?  One where a school is a community and everyone is recognized, valued, and embraced?

If no child being left behind is a real goal and not just a gimmicky title then all children deserve engaging opportunities and a high quality childhood, not just the super rich.

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