"Most of all I am trying to get the children to really enjoy being in school - to enjoy learing and thinking and investigating on their own and growing to become really decent people. However, the school system probably disagrees and thinks that I should be imparting ten thousand little objectives. I do those anyway, but whether the kids remember them is questionable. - An Elementary School Teacher," from The Right to Learn by Linda Darling-Hammond
It might be parents, more than anyone, who feel the debacle currently created by the heavily media-covered, politically charged 'debate' over public education and school reform. Whether your son is asked to be held back from kindergarten until he matures, or your daughter is stressed out from hours of what appears to be pointless homework, or budget cuts have left your school understaffed and favorite programs shredded, or you are tired of the testing - public schools and their efforts to improve and reform the current system have left we parents with a feeling of disjointment and unease. When we talk, we ask each other, "When is this madness going to end?" And it never does.
Is this what education bureaucrats and politicians intend when they make decisions about our children?
Many parents believe that reformers' eyes have lost sight of the goal: children engaged in sustained, deep learning that gets more complex as their ability allows. On this blog, we attempt to discuss some of the issues surrounding the policy, the practice, and the debate that, hopefully, will bring us all closer to this goal. Here you will find:
- Info on current events and topics
- Analysis and hopefully deeper understanding of how the system works, and where the money goes
- Excellent guest bloggers who are experts in education
- Reviews and discussions of important books in education for parents
It is our goal to bring more info and discussion to the parents of Texas, whose children so deserve a rewarding education. Please feel free to contact us with comments or questions!
Holly Korbey, founder and editor