Last night at the Unitarian Church, University of Rochester professor Dr. David Hursh, who’s “research analyzes the increasing privatization and regimentation of K-12 education through policies, such as Race to the Top, the Common Core state exams, and public funding and tax policies that favor privately-run, publicly-funded charter schools,” spoke before an audience of approximately thirty parents, educators, and community members, providing insight into the direction education has taken towards standardization and why the community must gather together in a grassroots effort to stop the plunder of our system of education.
According to their press release, “Just over a month ago, more than 60 teachers at Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport signed and sent a petition to leaders in Albany expressing their concerns about the 2014 ELA and Math exams. Their primary concern continues to be the “gag-order” placed on educators, which prevents the assessments from being used to improve classroom instruction and district curriculum.
Their grass-roots effort caught the attention of other educators across the State, and a teacher near Syracuse turned the petition into a website that over 5,400 parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens have now signed. . .
On June 19, Stand with Spencerport Teachers will convene a public forum on NYS Testing at 4:30 PM, at the Ogden Farmer’s Library Meeting Room, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport. Teachers from Cosgrove School will headline the event; the University of Rochester’s Dr. David Hursh will offer comments about the US fixation on standardized tests and the harm to students; retired principal Dan Drmacich from the Coalition for Justice in Education will also speak.” Standwithspencerport.wordpress.com
In New York State and across the nation, citizens are waking up to the reality that our current system of education is detrimental to the health, welfare, and safety of our children.
The bullying tactics promoted by Common Core practices are no longer being tolerated and the sale of public education for private profit is being exposed.
American citizens are beginning to realize that our children’s educational future does not belong in the hands of businessmen but in the hearts and hands of dedicated teaching professionals.
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