Democrats are holding a “Philosopher’s Camp on Education Reform” with the Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Joe Williams, Executive Director Education Reform Now, Senator Mary Landrieu, Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Russlynn Ali, as guest speakers.
As noted in the Diane Ravitch blog of March 30, 2014, “. . . The meeting is billed as a three-day retreat. . .”You too can attend for only $1,000. If you want to be a VIP, it will cost you $2,500.”
On the other side of the “reform” coin, Republicans have introduced the “APPLE Plan” (Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence), which calls for putting State tests on hold until common core is reviewed; not eliminated, getting teachers involved; they are already involved, funding our schools properly; not equitably, and revamping State education; in what way?
In watching the videos on the Children Before Politics website, it is clear that Republicans have not removed politics from education.
If the only standard that matters is excellence, both parties should be working together to change the language of Federal entitlements and to erase Common Core from Federal and State legislation and policies?
We cannot continue to believe that reforming the current system of education that forces states and LEA’s to comply with policies and procedures that promote and produce failure in order to enhance corporate profits will work.
How the system is implemented is not the issue, the issue is the system itself. It is not problematic, it is punitive.
We must fight to change education so that it actually educates all of our children to become leaders, not politicians, entrepreneurs, not workers, thinkers, not doers.
Constitutionally guaranteeing the right of every child to an excellent education is the first step towards change. Allowing states and LEA’s the freedom to determine how to obtain educational excellence through a child centered, developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that discovers, develops, and directs the individual gifts and talents of ALL children is the next.
Supporting impassioned teachers who engage and inspire their students to become life long learners will provide the motivation necessary to change the direction of education towards success.
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