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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Education Reform Should Not Equal More Education Stupid

Collecting data, for the sake of collecting data. It is time-consuming, expensive, and useless if that data does not come with resources to address concerns and issues. Data without resources and equity is just stupid.

Can someone please tell our policymakers and legislators that chasing data without the serious questioning the failure of pushing high-stakes testing and standards without addressing inequity is not education reform, but education stupid.

Imagine if leadership started listening to children, teachers, and parents rather than calling up Think Tanks and CEOs?  Data without resources is the status quo of the same old old inequity dodges of the past.

Here is the link and quote from USA article on the decline of 4th and Eight Grade Scores from 2017 to 2019 article that demonstrates in my professional view a status quo of data ignorance, and policy stupid.
"Over the long term in reading, the lowest-performing students, those readers who struggle the most have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago."
I have come to accept the chase for equity and justice for Black, Brown, Special Education, and Poor Children in our public schools has been elusive, but intentional. After 170 plus years of inequity in our public school system. SIMPLE TRUTH: Any policymaker, legislator, or researcher claiming we need more data is part of the problem not the solution. We don't need CEOs, Billionaires, or Think Tanks to give us the answers. Been there did that for 4 decades now. America's Black, Brown, Special Education and Poor Children need the same resources America's wealthy schools have. After 170 and counting years anything less is systemic racism 101.

If you are wondering why teachers across America are striking? My thinking is they have grown weary of more stupid,.
A change is gonna come,
Dr. Jesse P. Turner Moral Monday Connecticut Education Ambassador

If you want to listen to the song that inspired my morning walk its the cover of Sam Cookes " A Change is Gonna Come" by Brain Owens and Thomas Owens.

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