My husband suggested I read this NY Times Op-Ed on how to fix schools. Truth be told, I think the author’s suggestion that good teachers should come from a strong educational background and rigorous training is an important part of the puzzle that often gets overlooked. That being said, I think it is rather short-sighted (and perhaps a little naive) to leave out the testing and funding aspects of public education that are also extraordinarily different than the public school systems in Finland or Ontario. The reality is those are HUGE pieces of the puzzle that seemingly no one wants to acknowledge. How we fund schools in this country needs to change. Funds for schools should not come from property taxes. Schools should not have to play Russian Roulette for resources. Standardized testing helps us learn some things about our students, but frankly, I learn more about them from the classroom. Standardized tests are tools to help me assess my students’ needs, NOT tools to assess me as a teacher. Oh, when will we learn?
An Interesting Idea