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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 10:02 AM
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10. He makes a good point here:
n a sense, we are defined by the other oppositionwe are resisting reforms that dont make education better and dont remove faults. We are anti-privatization, anti-business model, anti-market-based model and anti teacher-deproffesionalization. Defining us in oppositional terms may makes sensethe anti-war movement had its appeal. But is there a positive, visionary and universal definition that would serve us better; one that would denote our belief in educational excellence, equity, and democracy?

We are against all of those things, but should we define ourselves that way, or should we define ourselves according to what we are FOR?

I am FOR:

Fully funded, fully staffed schools.

Educators in charge of education policies.

A fully public system.

To begin with.

I'm also for:

Less testing, and ethical, appropriate uses of standardized tests and every kind of assessment.

Inquiry based education that teaches higher-level thinking and learning skills used for a lifetime.

Small schools, small class-sizes, and flexible structures that create environments that more closely fit the way people learn.

Abolishing poverty, and building deep safety nets in every community for all.

Universal, FREE, PUBLIC pre-school through college and/or trade school.

How do I define all of that?

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