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Dear Barack Obama: Please fix our education system



As Florida public school students enter another week of heavy testing — end-of-course exams begin as FCAT goes on — it's interesting to note that the National School Boards Association has taken up the call for reducing the load.

And it's done so in a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama, in which NSBA president Mary Broderick urges the president to think more like a parent. 

She writes that the nation needs to abandon its high-stakes testing regimen and its top-down approach to education policy. What's more, it should focus more on early education and motivation rather than fear.

"Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track," Broderick writes. "As we have moved decision-making farther from teachers and children, we have jeopardized our competitive edge and keys to our national success: our ingenuity, our openness to innovation, and our creativity. ... If we work collaboratively on a shared vision of excellence, if we foster team development, encourage innovation, and care for the growth of our teachers, our children will lead us into the future with confidence. And public education will remain the cornerstone of our vibrant democracy."

Check out the entire letter. Can the weight of the nation's school district leaders have any effect on the ever-growing pressure to test?

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 6:24am]


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