Friday, February 3, 2012

Waiting for Someone to Step Up

Excellent piece by Jennifer Schuberth that challenges the Oregonian and Governor's idea to just push forward on the OEIB education reform plan to include the NCLB Waiver.

QUOTE: "I'm waiting for someone in Oregon's leadership to step up and tell Oregonians the truth they already know: You can't educate kids on the cheap. Unless we start having that conversation, unless we start making simple changes like instituting smaller class sizes, the governor and his board are simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I want to see Oregon students do better, but movement is not equivalent to progress. What I see at OEIB meetings and within the proposed education legislation is opportunities for private entities such as K12 Inc. and Western Governors University to make money while our children sit in larger classes and take more tests that make them hate learning. "

Jennifer Schuberth is an assistant professor of religion at Portland State University and co-founder of CORE: Calling Oregon to Reinvest in Education.

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