My Message to Parents and Other Concerned Citizens:
This current standards and testing movement that began 30 years ago is a bipartisan effort to make the “outcome-based” model for education “work.” The education industry has done quite well while our children have not.
The goal set by law, in No Child Left Behind, is unrealistic, unattainable, and frankly undesirable. Our American character embodies the ideals of freedom of thought, equality of opportunity, pragmatic resourcefulness, and individuality. This law standardizes the education “outcome.” Who defined this outcome for our children?
The role of the federal government must be defined by us.
The role of the state must be defined by us.
Locally, it’s time to take back our schools.
At all levels, it is our right to know the facts, to hear the truth, to be informed. It’s time to use politics to take politics out of the education equation. As a nation, we must press our candidates and those already in office to answer to us. Accountability starts with them, not our children’s test scores.
No Child Left Behind is the national education issue worthy of our undivided attention.
With Heartfelt Sincerity,
Victoria M. Young