Monday, June 11, 2012

Letters: State superintendent disappointed in letters

Here's John White's letter to the editor, rebutting the pernicious nonsense the unions like to spread about how unfair it is to hold them accountable for student learning when students come from disadvantaged backgrounds:

And one writer simply stated, "Poverty is a significant factor affecting academic scores," leaving it at that — as if that absolves us of any responsibility to educate the child.

I'm so disappointed in these comments for two reasons. First, they betray a mindset that forsakes the American dream. They show a sad belief among some that poverty is destiny in America, defying our core value that any child, no matter race, class or creed, can be the adult he or she dreams of being. Yes, poverty matters. Yes, it impacts learning. And that fact should only embolden us to do everything we can to break the cycle of poverty so another generation of children does not face the same challenges.

Second, and perhaps more disappointing, is that these letters were written by professional educators. The media would have you think that most educators oppose change. Even The Advocate editorial board used the number of teachers showing up at the Capitol during a weekday as evidence to prove teachers' collective objection to change.


Letters: State superintendent disappointed in letters

April 03, 2012 

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