I agree: too much is going wrong.
We do need to speak up.
We do need to act in ways that will restore sanity.
Something worth reflecting on though: what power do we, as New York State educators, have to design quality curricula, protect quality instruction, and assess in ways that engage, inspire, and nurture children?
I think we have a lot of power here.
I think we need to quit giving it away.
I think we need quit blaming others when we do.
I’m not suggesting there isn’t a problem.
I’m suggesting that we’re making it worse when we tell ourselves that we can’t be good teachers because of the test.
We need to opt-out of that mindset.
We’re doing harm.