There seems to be a new generation in which some people feel free to use to the N-word (at least in their own fraternity house) with no fear of the consequences. They are "talking left-handed shit to right-handed people." I only hope there are enough right-minded people to shut them up and send them away.
We are offended by the situation in which we find ourselves, in which education policy is dictated by billionaires who never taught a day in their lives, while our patiently gained professional expertise is ignored. Thirty days of testing is sufficiently outrageous and -- we believe -- indefensible.
It may be back to business as usual in the Superintendent's office in Newark as Cami Anderson continues to push changes and incompetent management upon the children and families of the city and ducks her legal and ethical responsibilities to meet with them. However, in one very important way, business cannot return to usual.
During a brisk October evening this past fall in downtown Newark, NJ, guests came out to attend a fundraising benefit for The Newark Public Library entitled "Booked For The Evening" and to celebrate The Library's 125th Anniversary as one of the city's premiere educational and cultural public institutions.
The debate over the future of our public schools should not be about a small number of individuals who benefit from a polarized debate. Too much has been written about political and local leaders (myself included). This work is not about me, or politicians, or newsmakers. It is about our incredible students.