After more then 27 years Jerry Conti retired from his a job as a history teacher at the Westhill Highschool in New York. His parting remarks and retirement letter pointed out the inadequacies of our school systems.
Jerri argues that standardized testing has completely changed the teaching profession. Teachers have been given less and less freedom over there lesson plans. There time is now dedicated to assessments and testing. What is more startling is his bold statement that legislators “failed us by selling children out to private industries such as Pearson Education”.
This man’s letter has remained with me since I have read it. I know what he is saying is true and I feel a sense of panic. Our children are sitting in a classroom that is riddled with assessments and standarized tests. Science, art, social studies, and recess are being pushed to the side. Now our children are being drilled on answers that will help them with testing. The people who are now in charge of my children’s curriculum are clueless about teaching. What has happend with the concept that children are suppose to enjoy school? It is a concept that is gone, pounded out by hours of drilling the same things over and over.
Creativity is quickly disappearing. If our teachers cannot be creative how will our children become creative? I do my best to instill creative thinking in my son, but I always felt it was so much more powerful with both myself and his teacher working together.
What will happen when our children lose their creativity?
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