American public education is under attack.
It’s been under attack for a long time, but with Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, the threat to public education is greater than ever. We must act now to defend this great American institution.
They say knowledge is power. With that in mind, I have launched this site as a positive voice for public education. To keep it from being destroyed by privatization through vouchers, charters, and other mechanisms of “school choice.”
School choice is bad for public education.
What’s wrong with school choice, you ask? It sounds great except that charters, etc. only offer choice to the students and parents who have the abilities and resources to choose. This leaves our most vulnerable students behind in schools with the least amount of resources.
So what do I know?
Although I am not a teacher, I have been involved in K-12 education for most of my career, from many different perspectives: head of an environmental education center working with K-12 schools; a substitute teacher; more than a decade working with the noted researcher and founder of the Effective Schools framework and philosophy, Dr. Lawrence W. Lezotte; administrator of a superintendents’ association; a 3-year stint at the university level with the Michigan State University College of Education Office of K-12 Outreach; and a parent of three now-grown children who were educated in public schools. Perhaps my most critical experience in public education was as a student. I credit my K-12 education with literally saving my life.
Why create this site?
I hope to bring all these perspectives to this blog with reporting and stories about public education not only from me, but from public school teachers, parents, administrators, and researchers. My goal is to increase public understanding about the actual state of public education, the politics involved in how public education works, and most importantly, the critical role public education plays in our democracy and how privatizing it is democracy’s greatest threat.