Speaking Up at the Board of Ed

by JAC and Ben's Mom 6. February 2015 08:49

“I am a parent of two middle school children.
First I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs. Adams and the Board for the resolution against mandated field tests.

This is a great district, we have tons of arts, music, sports, clubs but the thing that makes it great is the experienced and dedicated teachers.

As many of you heard in the Governor’s State of the State Address he plans to hold our school aid money hostage unless his new mandates and demands concerning education are met. They have a special word for that. Extortion.

With Cuomo's plan, all will be lost. Even teachers that have held onto the concept that you teach to the child regardless of test scores will have to change to a test-centered curriculum. The Common Core Curriculum with the high stake tests tied to using 50% of the scores for APPR will ensure that there will be no creativity in our class room ,no joy of teaching, love of learning and no teaching to the individual needs of students. I know from experience that the key to my child’s success at school, in class is his teacher’s ability to teach creatively and to teach to his individual needs. The key to his success is not hours of homework, it is not more and harder tests and age inappropriate curriculum, it IS his talented, caring teachers.

If we sit back and let the Governor have his way all that makes our district great, art, music, sports, clubs will disappear. It is much easier to fight before it is gone. Once it is gone it is gone forever. We will not get it back. Our great teachers will be replaced with a revolving door of teachers that do not question test prep, are skilled in collecting data and do not know our children.

We have zero tolerance for bullying in this district. And yet, we allow this bully to hold our aid money, our teacher’s right to teach and our children’s future ransom.

First our children were attacked with abusive tests and tests prep and developmentally inappropriate curriculum, now the teachers are being attacked with the scores used for their ratings. Next will be the BOE. Local control is being stripped away.

Our children’s future is a stake; the jobs of teachers, our best educators will leave. We must do what is right; we cannot just do what is easy. The time for silence has passed.

 

This is the dismantling of public education. The time to lead is now. The time to fight is now.”

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