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“I believe teachers should be evaluated on the effectiveness of their teaching practice in improving student learning. But using standardized test scores as the only indicator of learning is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model that is fraught with unintended consequences.”
John Wilson, senior fellow at the Pearson Foundation and former executive director of the NEA

“The nation's public school system was created to produce educated and informed citizens… The American dream starts in the classrooms of our public schools.”
Matthew Fentress, a member of the Montgomery County Education Association, in a letter to the editor published in the Roanoke Times

“The capacity for experimenting and innovating resides in individual schools, not in central offices.”
John Katzman, chairman, 2U Inc.

“It is my firm belief that education’s primary charter for the next 20 years needs to be not just STEM [science, technology, engineering, math], but STEAM [those subjects plus the arts]. Add arts back in because that ability to think nonlinearly and play—just play—America needs that back.”
LeiLani Cauthen, vice president, Center for Digital Education

“Few entertainers or athletes would perform to their potential in shows or games if there were no room for error during rehearsal or practice. Similarly, the less pressure on kids to get the right answers in class, the more likely they are to get the right answers on tests.”
David Ginsburg, 20-year urban teaching veteran and Education Week blogger

The American education system is not failing. I repeat: The U.S. education system is not failing. I know that's not a popular position these days, but it is the right one. There are indeed problems that need addressing, but there is significant cognitive dissonance in how the public views K-12 education.
Steve Berlin, senior communications manager, National Association of State Boards of Education

“Remember that to be better does not mean to be perfect. And becoming more effective does not always mean doing something complicated or time-consuming.”
Annette Breaux, author, 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors


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