Remember the Children?
Where does all this political posturing leave the children? For many, especially in low-income school districts, it leaves them worse off than before NCLB ever saw the light of day. School districts, in an effort to meet Federal mandates, have fired entire schools of teachers and administrators, closed schools deemed failures and created a nightmare for parents and educators alike.
Of course, the children, those who we supposedly aren't leaving behind, have been seemingly forgotten by those who have the power to fix this debacle.
As an educator and mother, I know what is needed for a child to gain knowledge in order to lead a good life.
- A safe learning environment where they can grow, ask questions and explore subject matter without fear of reprisal, bullying or abuse.
- Teachers with passion for the subject matter they are teaching.
- Accommodations that allow all students to excel regardless of physical, mental or emotional limitations.
- Technology that is up-to-date and available to all the students, not just a privileged few.
- Resources that are kept current and available to all.
Of course, all this takes money. In the wealthiest nation on this planet, money is not an issue; however, access to it is. We as a nation must decide if investing in our schools, our teachers and our children is worth the price. If it is, then we must make Congress do what it should have been doing all along - remembering the children; remembering the future of our country.