Government

Letters to the Editor

Parents are the only hope for NJ public education

25eaa5e624b1d5c619bd_lettertotheeditor__252x200_.jpg
25eaa5e624b1d5c619bd_lettertotheeditor__252x200_.jpg

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on. There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ignored the voices of parents, students and teachers who have provided hundreds of hours of heartfelt testimony about the damage and the pain being caused by the so called “reforms” of the past five years.
 
Regardless, putting my 5-year-old on the bus I couldn't help but think "here I go again... another hopeful, bright-eyed child of mine going off to Kindergarten. His first experience in school... in public education... in New Jersey." All I, myself, can do is hope. Hope that the full-day thing really pays off and it helps teachers breathe between lessons and gives the kids more playtime and not more time for “literacy”, for “grit”, for “test prep”, for “college and career” readiness. Hope that NJ doesn't find a way to cram more things they are not prepared to learn yet into those moments. Moments that should be ones of discovery, of creativity, of joy, of fun.  Hope that a new Governor will bring change and a new Board of Education that will do the right things on my young one's behalf. Hope that I don't have to write a refusal letter for this one someday.

The Board of Ed didn't deserve my time that morning. I really wanted to see EACH of their faces when I came to tell them that they let me and my three boys AND their teachers down. Tell them that my oldest is entering 7th grade and he is STILL never taking this test and there's NOTHING they can do about that. Tell them in person that I was planning on using every opportunity presented to me to encourage other parents to refuse this test also and be sure that they know that they CAN (despite what they will be told). It's all we have left to do to tell them it's not working because... bottom line... they're obviously not listening. This kid - this cheerful, excited little boy getting on the bus for school, for the first of many more times - is only one of the reasons I am not giving up on resisting education “reform” including high stakes standardized testing, scripted curriculum, handcuffed educators, privatization, loss of my community’s control over our schools. It’s not even just about the three that live in my house. I look at them and I think about what is going on in NJ public schools and I see ALL of the children in public schools in NJ. Special needs student, poverty-stricken students, students with disabilities… students that NJ is making it more and more difficult for them to succeed. I can only hope that more parents will as well and realize that we are their only chance. Any parent that has questions or an interest in this issue should visit the Facebook pages of Opt Out of State Standardized Tests - New Jersey, Sussex County Stop Common Core or Long Island Opt-out Info for more information. We are ALL parents and we are ALL here to help each other. After this vote, when it comes to legislation, we are LITERALLY our children’s only advocates.

 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Kenilworth

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

February 20, 2018

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago. Colleen has been a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Library, Vauxhall

Club Teen: Painting Class

Arts & Entertainment Education

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Fri, February 23, 8:30 AM

Honor Ridge Academy, Clark

Workshop for Parents & Educators: Reducing ...

Education Giving Back

Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

February 20, 2018

A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over $12,000 worth of ...