Mr. Gates, Don’t Wait a Decade. You Are Wrong.

Dear Bill and Melinda,

Teachers across America are sharing the edu-malaise your reforms are causing. Even beyond malaise, many students, teachers, schools and communities are experiencing a violent allergic response to your reforms, much like severe anaphylactic shock. Some of us will recover after reprogramming, while others will not. The weight of this effect belongs mainly to you and Melinda. Ten more years of your reforms are simply not acceptable. Read why, here from on teacher as shared by Diane Ravitch.

Susan and Katie, Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates

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Diane Ravitch's blog

A letter from a teacher:

At the classroom level, every day matters, as experienced teachers reach out and teach not only academic content, but also social skills, problem-solving skills, coping skills…the list is endless, the individual needs are varied, and yes, we differentiate all of the time. However, now we need to document everything, keep the data charts and strategies current and ongoing, always targeting, assessing, testing, testing, and yet more testing, and this is all added to our jobs of planning engaging lessons, reaching every student, revising instruction, classroom management…what is my point? I want to be able to just do my job please. I don’t need mandates after mandates crammed down my throat. I don’t want a “one curriculum fits all” that stifles creativity. I loathe the micromanagement tactics in our schools, where students are forced to travel in the halls in quiet lines, where structure is essential…

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