I cannot continue, in good conscience, to push these little ones to such stress levels that they do not WANT to come to school. — Teacher Who Quit

Dear Mr. Gates,

I would like to believe that you have children’s best interests at heart, but I’m concerned that you are so high up in your ivory tower that you can’t hear what those of us who live under your money-driven policies live with. Children need solid relationships with the adults in their lives BEFORE they need technology.

By pushing children into test taking and developmentally inappropriate “standards” education, the important social skills and relationships they need don’t develop. In my classroom, I’ve spent more time trying to “test prep” kindergarteners than allowing them to be children.

I quit my job, because it is wrong on soooo many levels.  I cannot continue, in good conscience, to push these little ones to such stress levels that they do not WANT to come to school.  By raising the bar for “standard” children, you are hurting the children who cannot yet reach the bar… who will care for the kids at the bottom?  There will ALWAYS be someone at the bottom if our society continues with this ridiculous “Race to the Top.”

Whatever happened to valuing people because they are PEOPLE, not what they can do for your pocket book. Oh, that’s not your intention? The road to hell is paved with good intentions… but if you don’t listen to those of us who live under the policies that you support with your extreme wealth, then enjoy your “fiery Gates.”

Teacher Who Quit

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7 Responses to I cannot continue, in good conscience, to push these little ones to such stress levels that they do not WANT to come to school. — Teacher Who Quit

  1. Pingback: I cannot continue, in good conscience, to push these little ones to such stress levels that they don not WANT to come to school. – Teacher Who Quit | Brevard Teachers for Change

  2. Dave Rotthoff says:

    Guess I’m not a big believer in standardized testing. But I DO believe in high academic standards for all students. I also do NOT believe in social promotion. Should learning be ‘fun’? Why not, but students must EARN passing grades, not be given them. That’s accountability, and our educational system needs a lot more of it.

    • Tom Burns says:

      In the inner cities(and elsewhere), no social promotion would mean that some 37 year olds would still be in 4th grade sitting next to your nine year old–you better believe in social promotion-some will never master the skills us adults think are important–but they can do a lot of other stuff we can’t–so let them–T

  3. Hannah says:

    Nothing wrong with high standards… but a kid from poverty will need more time to master the skills than a kid from a middle class / wealthy family… their baseline skills are too different… unfair advantage for the middle / wealthy class families. Kids from impoverished backgrounds need many more resources to even come close to competing… and many will never be able to “compete.” Do we “throw them away?”

  4. Flteacher says:

    People don’t know and understand the details about what is happening to kindergartners. They are being pushed to learn to read very early, whereas they used to be thoroughly prepared to be ready to learn to read and then be prepared for the school experience. This is what the early elementary ed teachers mean by developmentally inappropriate. They test the heck out of the incoming 6 year olds. The kids haven’t had much of a chance to learn or develop like they used to. Every grade is push, push, push, more, more, more. No one disagrees that accountability is good. It is just overkill.

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  6. John Young says:

    Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

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