Parent Alert! Do you really believe the nightmare of high-stakes testing of children as young as 5, the grade retention policies that fly in the face of decades of research, scripted curriculum, narrowed offerings, larger class sizes and lack of classroom resources is going away on its own? Have you heard of ALEC, Broad, DeVos, or Whitney Tilson? Are you aware that the rich and powerful want to privatize public education, close public schools and turn them over to big business, remove the authority of local school boards, get rid of experienced teachers who will be replaced by short-term neophytes and that they are doing it with the help of the US Department of Education?
There is something you can do to stop this travesty. It is small, but significant. Thousands of parents and teachers have signed a letter to President Obama calling for an end to high-stakes testing and the punitive actions associated with them. The letter calls for the involvement of parents and teachers in the policy decisions of the USDOE. Finally, the letter calls for the dismissal of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the man who should be defending your children against privatization efforts, but instead is complicit in the dismantling of the public education system. To read the letter, go to http://dumpduncan.org/. If you agree with the premise, sign the letter and speak out for your children.