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