In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1.
Dear Bill and Melinda,
This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of support for individuals…a place where learning is both challenging and filled with wonder and excitement. The kind of school we DO NOT want is one in which every child is taught from a script…it takes all the joy out of learning. In order to create that environment, teachers must be given the professional respect they deserve to make decisions concerning their students each and every day. Pre-programmed, scripted learning will never provide all of the skills children need. Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics. The skills include critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. Without these, reading, writing, and math skills mean nothing.
– Shelley Weston