No Child Left Behind (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – ESEA) has forced the direction of education “reform” without bringing to the table those who understand the needs of our communities and our children — the real stakeholders — the People.
That federal law combined with our financial wrong turns as a nation and the misguided reforms of the last three decades has brought public education to a crossroads. Only as a united nation can we prevent the system from being brought to its knees.
Choices must be made.
Provide standardized education for the masses with individualized instruction for the lucky few and those that can afford it, or provide equal access to quality education?
Allow teaching to become another low-wage trade, ripe for outsourcing and importing, or remain a profession that we can continuously improve?
Spend our education dollars to support privatization of public schools, or invest in supporting and strengthening the institution of public education?
Continue to follow the pretense of reforms, or solve school improvement problems?