If we did actually give a hoot about kids:
We would never tolerate a poverty rate among children of 21 percent.
We would never pretend that any single institution, especially public schools, can overcome the problems caused by a life in poverty.
We would stop our hypocrisy over standardized tests.
We would not demonize teachers, but rather treat them as professionals.
We would stop thinking that we can tell anything about really young kids by subjecting them to silly tests...Quality pre-kindergarten would be a national priority.
We would stop underfunding public school systems.
We would stop pretending that charter schools are the be-all and end-all of public education.
We would stop pretending that teachers unions are the cause of all of the ills of public education,
We would really try to consider what kids need and think.
We would remember that the public school system is our most glorious civic institution.
Valerie Strauss shows once more why she's one of the most important voices in education today.