Wednesday, December 21, 2016

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made many. And I’ve even kept a few. - Lily's Blackboard

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made many. And I’ve even kept a few. - Lily's Blackboard:

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made many. And I’ve even kept a few.

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Researchers say that while more than 40 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, only about 8 percent of us are actually “successful” at meeting the goals we set, such as losing weight, eating better, reading two books a month and the like. (Here’s a list of fun ones many of us can relate to.)
Well, here are a few New Year’s Resolutions we should make and stick to—because achieving them is how we ensure that all students, regardless of ZIP code, have the opportunity they deserve for an inspiring, uplifting education that prepares them for the future.
1. Insist that our elected leaders and policymakers put students before ideology and partisan politics.  For the first time, we are at risk of having a secretary of education who not only hasn’t spent any time with public-school students, but has devoted two decades to pushing policies that undermine the schools they attend.  Betsy DeVos is an unabashed supporter of unaccountable, for-profit, “mom-and-pop” charter schools and other corporate education reforms that leave many of the most vulnerable students out in the cold. This is what happens when achieving an ideology—a very bad one, at that—is more important than putting students first.
It’s up to us to speak out and speak up for students. We are the professionals. We have the knowledge and experience, and we are the experts on what works and what doesn’t. We know that the very best schools have the resources to provide a well-rounded, stimulating curriculum and give all students the support they need to learn. And we know that those schools are our best bet for setting students on-course for the bright futures they deserve. We must keep making the case for those schools and hold those leaders who don’t share the same values accountable.
2. Do everything we can to stand up for public education, an institution that binds us together and protects our democracy. Public education means more than our neighborhood schools; it means a system throughout our nation that is legally required to provide a tuition-free education to all students, regardless of race, religion, ability or other factors. Public education means schools and districts that are accountable to communities When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made many. And I’ve even kept a few. - Lily's Blackboard:


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