Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Does this sound all too familiar?!

Colorado is ready for education reform. In fact, the topic headed up Governor Bill Ritter's State of the State address recently.

"Ritter says education systems and policies have been focused on "seat time" and course titles, assuming the number of years in a certain class is somehow more important than measuring if students actually learned."

Does the above statement sound familiar? Ask the next teacher you come across~even better, the next FORMER teacher, as there are plenty of them out there...if the emphasis in the classroom is on LEARNING/TEACHING? 9 times out of 10 you will find that teachers spend more time filling out forms to verify that they filled out forms and followed processes such that they have little time left for teaching! Go ahead~ASK them!!

Missouri needs leadership that understands that education should focus on the needs of children and that the parents of these children should be empowered to identify the educational options that will best serve their child.

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