How do we advance real reforms?
- First, we put our money where our mouths are —on the needs of our people.
- Second, we invest in fixing the government infrastructures that has been corrupted, damaged or destroyed by fake reformers.
- Third, we make crystal clear to the public what happened — putting citizen vigilance at the forefront of systemic accountability.
The focus of real reforms starts by focusing on the ever-existing inequities in the United States’ public education system, which perpetuate the high poverty—low educational attainment—inadequate employment cycle. Time to break the chains of this perpetual injustice!
With education reform, yearly standardized testing is the most costly and damaging low-hanging fruit. Why not eliminate it as the first step in freeing up funds for real reforms? (Learn more about what our costly testing strategy did and did not do.)
Why do you need to join the effort to advance real reforms? As one teacher put it:
“We’re all in budget crises. We could cut tens of millions from large districts like mine by getting rid of standardized testing, test prep, trim our central office assessment department, and outside ‘data partners’ (high paid consultants). Not to mention all the time we would have back to — you know — actually teach.”
This single sensible action would shift our resources away from fake reforms and towards advancing real reforms. But it hasn’t happened yet because policy has put profits ahead of people —in this case, our young people. That’s why this effort needs you.
What will it take? People, a plan, and persistence.
The majority of people care about public education. But the public remains unaware that education reform has been sucked into the swamp of corruption just like, it seems, all good intentions these days. Therefore, we have to move forward with a plan developed by people in-whom we trust.
And the only plan capable of advancing real education reform is one based on the principle that public education exists to help level the playing field for the next generation. There is no “but” here. A real reform plan —like we had in place in the 70’s— will advance that goal.
Let’s pick up where the progress stopped and continue on with the persistence necessary to finish the job.Minds need changing. Plans must be made and carried out to completion. If you aren’t currently an advocate for progress and an activist for educational equity, get busy learning the ropes!