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To the American School System - a poem - time for real K-12 education reform

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To the American School System I see the bright eyes of my children. Eager to learn, trusting. Can I trust my children to your care? You are obsessed with testing! Why do you insist on turning my children's accomplishments into a number? Don't you know the difference between a child and a number? What are you teaching my children? Are they learning about adventure, mystery, beauty? Figures and facts, yes they need these... but opportunities to discover, friendships and time to play as well. Or are you only teaching them "critical thinking"? Who are you to limit my child's choices? A few basic guidelines, yes... long lists of outcomes, no. Is there laughter in your classrooms? Will my child learn self-confidence and optimism? Will they learn about competition and cooperation? I spoke to my child's teacher yesterday. She is harried by stacks of paperwork. When will she have time to encourage my child? I understand the pressure to incorporate technology into the classroom So I ask you to maintain a balance, Do children spend more time searching the internet or learning to communicate well. Education is not about gold stars.. Each idea planted in my child must be carefully selected. I am hoping for a love of nature, to treasure great literature, to struggle with great ideas to be generous, to be grateful In the 60s you removed the Bible from the classroom. Are you surprised by the increase in drug use, teen pregnancies, suicides, violence? Are you training my child to be an American citizen... or to be useful for the corporate world? Will they learn the responsibilities as well as the rights of being an American? Will they learn about the revolutionary ideas that formed America? Will you be honest with my child regarding history? The lessons of history can save us from many unfortunate mistakes. Millions of people have died for ideologies that did not deliver. Think... Hitler, Stalin, Mao The lessons of history will help my child make informed choices. Can I trust my children to your care? Oh you planners and policy makers. Beware. Take heed what you do. You are accountable. It's high time to get this right ENOUGH OF STANDARDS & ASSESSMENTS time for real reform ***** The way forward.. Acknowledge problems Get out of CCSS and PARCC Revise objectives to include citizenship Simplify Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) Stop High Stakes Testing Involve parents and community Protect student records Support teachers LibertyWatch.info, select K-12 Page
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Joseph Henry (2 года назад)
Yes, removing the bible has totally made teens more violent and morally bankrupt... what planet do you even live on?

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