What ought to be clear to all of us by now is that the institutional structure of schools and school systems is ill-conceived. It is a failure. And this failure is at the root of all other educational failures.
We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."
Klein, Rhee, and many other "reformers" demand a common mindset from their teachers and principals. They do not seem to understand that we need all types of personalities and teaching styles to serve the great diversity of American children.