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.



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