Hillary Clinton may need to school herself a bit more on "Leave No Child Behind," and the real story of the Common Core, if she wants to move teachers, students and parents off the sidelines. Those of us whose lives are being organized and sorted out for us have a different perspective on these tests.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for President. Let the questions begin. My question is, will she be good for public education? Clinton's track record hasn't brought her into education issues very often. But there is one huge honking squealing flashing siren wrapped in a fluorescent red flag atop a high-powered blinking crimson light.
Of course, it was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but what with partisan politics, outside influences and the lack of any general consensus around the various efforts, Congress has yet to successfully reauthorize the legislation. As a result, national educational policy has been a patchwork of waivers, dodges, and weaves unworthy of a great nation.
My two kids attend public schools, and I want them to spend as much time as possible learning from amazing teachers -- not taking tests. I also understand that tests are an important part of learning, even if nobody really loves them. I can't help my kids -- and their teachers can't help them -- if we don't know what they have or haven't learned.