Monday, January 27, 2014

Megan West - BATs Letters to Obama

Dear Mr President,
I am writing this letter out of desperation. I have been a part of this group since its inception. I have followed every post, read personal stories and stayed very familiar with what is going on around the whole country regarding Common Core and education reform. Each day, these stories of what is happening to public education bring me to tears.
We, the teachers are the ones y...ou really need to listen to. We are the experts who are at the coal face each day. To see a child crumble over taking a meaningless test is gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. I am lucky to see this only twice a year. Some of my colleagues have informed me that some schools are testing children more than 20 times each year. And I thought I had it bad! The United States has hit crisis point and you have left education in the hands of someone like Arne Duncan. Seriously???
I am a passionate advocate for public education. I am a teacher with 18 years experience. I have watched the erosion of education because there are some who should not have their finger in the pie. I have thought many times about quitting but I cannot. I believe in our children too much. So I will fight alongside my fellow BATs for the restoration of my profession.
However, I will do this from across the pacific because I am in Australia. This is where I live and the state of play in your country serves as a serious warning on a GLOBAL level. I have never taught in America and sadly I would never consider it.
My country is only a step behind yours with this stupid reform. I will fight it at every opportunity. We have an idiot in govt with his idiot cronies. They will copy you. Because they cannot think for themselves.
Please Mr Obama, now is the time for you to take a deep breath, be brave and take a real risk. One that you know in your heart is the right thing to do. I urge you to do this now. The fate of not just your country's children is in your hands, but countless millions around the world. What do you want your legacy to be??
Kind regards,
Megan West
Teacher- Australia.
Ps. Arne Duncan / Dianne Ravitch. That choice would be a no-brainer methinks....

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