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Angie Sullivan teaches in a Title 1 elementary school in Carson County, Nevada. She teaches the children who were left behind.
She sent this post to every legislator in Nevada:
A small group of vocal teachers, parents, and activists have been publicly concerned about national public school privatization for two decades.
Diane Ravitch is the leader of that pack.
Her new book is coming out soon.
Her last books included characters who are national culprits in destroying American Public Schools. Some have come from my state of Nevada.
Reform was meant to change a system of education that needed to change. Still needs change. Admittedly we need to improve. No one argues against that. Teachers have always been willing to improve.
This reform was not ever meant to improve.
Change came. The wrong kind.
Big bad horrific and public school destroying change came.
It was bad change bought by corporations who do not love children, will not love children, and seek money even if harm comes to children.
National level well funded and crushing.
Reformers will not use the data – they supposedly worshipped – to admit – they were wrong.
Wrong in ways that were really destructive over two generations. Destroying the central fabric of America – attacking our local public schools. Kids were warehoused in experiments. Kids without teachers. Kids hooked up to innovations that made money but did not educated.
Billions spent on reforms: disruption, return on investment, testing, take over, turnaround, triggering, attacking teachers, standardization, score chasing has barely moved American Students on the NAEP Assessments.
The data is back.
Business reformers failed. Return on investment was zero.
Reform has been successful at systematically privatizing huge amounts of education cash. It has segregated. It has devastated. It has destroyed public school communities. And disenfranchised students are further behind than ever before.
The teachers were crushed and millions left.
This expensive business-type reform did not improve education.
Unfortunately, the folks driving reform were not teachers – nor were they interested in authentic education. Billionaires who were successful in business took over. They bought the top levels of government and spread cash from the top down. Both parties. Anyone with power. And policy makers and leadership sold out hard. Money taken from public schools to be spent on scams and fads.
Money and people who chase dollars should never be in charge of education policy. Neoliberals and corporations who hide from liability will never create the synergy, caring, and community building that teachers can do in a school building.
Now the billionaires know – public school teachers will fight. Activists will engage. Those who love children will activate.
Take that Goliath.
A band of loud people who care – will fight with any small stone we can find.
We are not scared – because we are right.
Time for policy makers and leadership to buy a book.
O God hear the words of my mouth – hold us in Your Hand because we are small against those seeking to harm kids.