The Atlantic article by Teach for America CEO and Founder Wendy Kopp entitled “How Micromanaging Educators Stifles Reform” raises some interesting issues about the education system in the United States. You can find the article here.
I believe that this is one of the most – if not the most – pressing issues of our times. I am certainly not an expert on this issue, but whenever I learn more about education policy, I can’t help but feel that there is a direct link between the growing income inequality and the unequal access to education in the United States.
I would love to hear thoughts from teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, or anyone else who has thoughts on this issue.
Some questions that come to mind: Do you believe that there is a link between access to quality education and the growing income disparity in this country? Do public schools have less ability to adjust their curriculum or to use creative teaching strategies than private or charter schools? Are you a teacher or former teacher who felt stifled by policies that required you to “teach to a test”? Do you have suggestions about how this could be addressed through policy or parental advocacy? Why wouldn’t policymakers who are working on improving our education system want to encourage more innovation and more of a focus on meaningful outcomes for our kids?
I am sure that those of you who understand this issue better than I do can find other issues worthy of discussion. Please take a moment to comment! Thanks for reading.