Open Letter to Michelle and Barack Obama:
Here is what the experts say our kids will need to be successful in the 21st Century:
Basic, scientific, mathematical, and technological literacies.
Inventive thinking including curiosity, creativity, and risk taking as well as higher order thinking and sound reasoning.
Effective Communication including teaming, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
High Productivity refers to the ability to prioritize, plan, and manage for results. It includes the use of real-world tools and the production of relevant, high-quality products.
Here is what your kids get at Sidwell:
Pretty much everything on the list
Here is what my kids get in our local public school thanks to NCLB and RttT:
High-stakes bubble-in tests in a narrow range of subjects (mostly reading and math), beginning in the lowest grades and extending through high school
Test-prep curriculum designed to produce one right answer
Regimented day with all students in cohort on the same lesson at the same time
Little opportunity to explore interests, participate in cultural activities, or play
Somehow this isn't getting it. Do you get it? We need to end the Federal mandates, return the schools to the local communities, and provide the resources local schools need to transition to 21st Century learning. Our children's future depends on it. Our nation's future depends on it.