Read Across America
March is Read Across America time. This year think about the wisdom of Dr. Seuss.
The Low Priority of America's Children
While the adults [sic] in congress fight over money nearly one-fourth of our children live in poverty.
"Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don't have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition - the kind most common among poor people in America - can do it." ~ Carl Sagan, Cornell University
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." ~ John F. Kennedy
"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Aren't America's schools as important as America's banks, oil and gas companies, auto manufacturers...
Who Will Want to be a Teacher...
...if we continue to blame teachers for the failures of our society?
Many "reformers" claim to love teachers -- especially politicians right around election time -- yet they blame teachers and public schools for low achievement which is a product of the kind of economic system we've built. Teachers are the experts when it comes to education. Experience matters. Preparation matters.
Support the Arts in Public Schools
As cuts continue in public schools things like recess, the arts, and physical education are disappearing as well as science, civics, social studies, health. As the tests become the curriculum more and more essential activities are put on hold or eliminated altogether. Citizens need a well rounded education. Raising educated citizens needs to be a national priority...not test scores.
March 14, 2013: Pi Day
Stop the Testing Insanity!