Gary McClendon, Education reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle reported, “suggestions to alter the high-stakes testing and teacher evaluations aspects of the state’s plan have been submitted to the governor’s education committee but, as of yet, have not been acted on.”
Now anyone who reads the newspaper will know that the State has been given a developmentally appropriate, arts based, child centered alternative to their current plan for education, the standardization of our children.
In fact, members of the Success Driven Education Reform Consortium (SDERC) met with State and Federal legislatures and Steven Means, then Chief Adviser to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to offer the same suggestions as alternatives to Secretary Duncan’s Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Every member of the House and Senate Education Committees was left a CD copy of SDERC’s alternative system of education that cites the most current and relevant research regarding childhood development and learning while relying upon the Secretary’s own source of information, the Universal Design for Learning standards, to provide the foundation for the work.
Locally, members of SDERC met with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter who said she had no problem supporting the SDERC revisions to both the Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Built for Teachers documents.
The collaborative work between and among parents, students, educators, past and present, and community members has been taking place for years. Those committed to changing the system of education so that it focuses on the gifts and talents of our children are working tirelessly, across the nation, to bring to the forefront that there is a better way, a positive way, a successful way to educate all children.
Now the general public knows that legislators also know, have known, that there is a better way to educate our children.
It is now the responsibility of all citizens to hold our elected officials responsible for listening to our voice and speaking with our voice.
Our children are “Not For Profit”.
Our children are our most precious resource.
Our children must come first.
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