Thursday, November 15, 2012
A hopeful message...
....from my county's Superintendent! Perhaps the future of education in this country is not sop dismal after all....
I just got caught up in reading the transcript of Dr. Starr’s address yesterday and found a lot to appreciate in it, especially this paragraph:
The bottom line is that a well-trained and highly supported work force will better be able
to serve our students and provide the interventions and guidance they need to be
But there is a tension that exists. For the past 12 years, we have been beholden to federal
and state rules and laws that have narrowed curriculum, stifled creativity and relied too
heavily on standardized tests as a sole indicator of success. I’m a recovering
accountability guy. I used to be impressed with statistics and thought that if everyone just
understood the data, they’d be spurred to action. That was the idea behind No Child Left
Behind. But it didn’t work. Now, NCLB is going away, which gives us an opportunity for
our community—and our country—to rethink what it means to provide our students with
a great education. If we seize this opportunity, MCPS will continue to lead the way.