Hello. My name is Victoria M. Young and I am a No Child Left Behind parent. If you aren’t one yourself, let me tell you what it means.
As an involved, informed, and active parent of the No Child Left Behind era, it means being witness to one of the biggest farces in public education EVER! It means seeing with my own eyes the set-back my schools suffered —the harmful effects of standardization on the quality of curriculum and instruction. No Child Left Behind was a weapon, not a reform. It was wrong! So wrong!
I could not keep what I saw to myself. But not being a professional educator, I needed to be sure it wasn’t just me, reacting as a parent and citizen concerned about my community of children. So I listened, learned, researched, and learned more.
I couldn’t help but to see things through my own experiences as a veterinarian. From that perspective, I began to see school children much like any young animal going through their “imprinting phase,” or what they refer to as “phase-sensitive learning” in the field of human behavior. What happens to them will make a huge difference in rest of their lives. We can’t allow politics—corrupted by money and power—to negatively effect childhood! WE MUST STOP THIS!
Seeing children being “under-served” pushed me to look for a better way to provide quality education to all children. I went looking for real reforms.
My research left me frustrated. With stacks of statistics and proven solutions, a day came in 2005 when I was ready to quit and throw it all away. But that mass of collected knowledge proved worth reading one more time. The repeating thoughts and themes were jotted down. And out of the pile of rubbish came the organization of a manuscript.
It started out as Just a Parent and became Education’s Missing Ingredient: What Parents Can Tell Educators. I became a published author.
But my story did not end, nor did my research. And The Crucial Voice of the People,Past and Present, my second edition of Education’s Missing Ingredient, is one reason I’m still in the education reform war today.
Everything I wrote back then, sadly, still applies to our circumstances today.
And I continue to hear ordinary citizens, with commonsense and the human potential to do the right thing, speak what we know to be truths. Their voices need to be listened to and their wisdom acted upon.
Parents have been left out. Teachers have been pushed aside. And politics has overshadowed the crucial voice of the people.
So, that is what I’m all about — helping right the wrong that has been done to the public education system IN THE NAME OF REFORM.
I look forward to the day I can stop fighting against the dismantling of pubic schools and start fighting for that almost long-lost vision of a quality revolution in American education. The vision came from the Kennedy era and JFK’s pick to head the Office of Education.
I hope you’ll check out my books. And know this, I’m an e-mail away if there is anything I can help with. Just ask.
In a nutshell, citizen-driven school improvements need to direct and maintain control of the necessary revolution in American education.
What I believe — I know — is that we have the answers to the problems we have created. And remember…from the classroom to Congress, help is needed on every front.
If I can be of assistance in any way, (I love questions) please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crucial Voice is ours.
Education’s Missing Ingredient is you.
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P.S. About my activism, here is one more “About Me” from the Save Our Schools March conference (click on it to read).About My Books