About Me, Victoria M. Young

Thanks for visiting me here. Yes, I write about education and politics and, mostly, the intersection of the two. But I’m not a professional educator. In the education system, I was just a parent. Now, with my children having finished school, I am just a citizen fighting to end the war on public education.

In life, I’m a veterinarian. From that perspective and having had the privilege of being a volunteer in classrooms and my district for 18 years, 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 the way they deal with issues for the rest of their lives. Children desperately need to see good examples of crucial life lessons consistently modeled for them. Plus, they need their learning to be accomplished in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Me (Victoria M. Young) pictured in 2009 with Miss Mia. Since then my hair has gathered wisdom highlights (silver), the dog has slowed down a bit, but the education reform war remains relentlessly unfaltering.

Me (Victoria M. Young) pictured in 2009 with Miss Mia. Since then my hair has gathered wisdom highlights (silver), the dog has slowed down a bit, but the education reform war remains relentlessly unfaltering.

Seeing children being “under-served” pushed me to look for a better way to provide quality education to all children.

My research left me with answers and frustrations. With milk crates full of statistics and other information stacked in a closet, a day came when I was ready to throw all the junk out. 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.

This book clarified for me what the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) set out to do.

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 believeI 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.

Will we fight to keep public education publicly controlled?

If I can be of assistance in any way, (I love questions) please contact me at victoriamyoung1@gmail.com

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).Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 1.17.14 PMAbout My Books

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5 thoughts on “About Me, Victoria M. Young

  1. Thank you for your expertise, wisdom and insight on this most important matter Ms. Young, DVM. I am looking forward to learning from and working with you for our youth and future.
    JMartinez, Ph.D.

  2. Love what you’re doing here! I just posted an article about the taxing of graduate stipends, proposed in the new tax bill–a ridiculous move that if successful, will crush graduate education, cripple higher ed (eventually no faculty to teach it!) and stand as an especially pernicious long-term destructive strike in the ongoing assault on education, first public and now private, in the U.S. I am using your article here as back-up for my post. As a fellow educator, I salute your efforts and pledge to stand strong with you!

    • Yes, the assault on the education of all citizens has been and continues to be on multiple fronts. We can only hope that once the house of cards begin to fall that their pretense of “reform” becomes obvious to all. The public has been fooled for way to long. We need more people to take a stand wherever and when ever they can. — And as you say, “stand strong.” Thank you.

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