I recently left my teaching job (public high school) to stay home with my son. I can't decide whether it is a great time to be out of education until this NCLB foolishness wears itself out or whether I am a rat deserting a sinking ship.
I really believe in the necessity of public education and I loved my students (yes, it is actually possible to love a group of adolescents
). I am, though, really frightened for the future of public education.
Something needs to be done. None of us (even staunch supporters of PS) would argue that the system is perfect or that reforms are not necessary in many areas. However, NCLB is a nightmare. I try to believe that the intentions of the act are good, but you know what they say about good intentions....
All of us, teachers, former teachers, parents of school age children, grandparents, childless adults, adults with grown children, need to demand that real, funded, community and teacher driven reform happens in our schools. Even if your kids are homeschooled, privately educated or grown up, what happens in public school has an effect on your life. These kids are our communities.
My plea is that people will get educated about NCLB and then get active about making change...whatever that change means to you for your kids, grandkids, neighbors, future employees etc. There shouldn't be one
way to educate our children and that needs to be true within
the public school system as well as available through PS alternatives (private schools, homeschool etc.)