Sadly, the following words ring hollow among education reformers who believe teachers are the primary factor influencing student achievement, and that privatizing education is the way to close the achievement gap.
”…As educators, you simply cannot remain uninformed and silent about the social and economic context of your work.
Nobody knows better than you what the consequences of economic hardship are for children’s ability and opportunity to learn.”
Richard Rothstein, Commencement Speech, Loyola University Chicago School of Education, May 2012.
From my perspective after one year in a high school classroom, truer words have not been spoken. Kudos to Richard Rothstein for calling it like it is…