Yesterday was a day of history.
Today is a good day to hope that President Elect Barack Obama will bring a new vision of educational excellence for our public schools.
The newly elected 44th President's educational platform promised to take a fresh look at the current 'test and punish' philosophy of K-12 public education. The platform states:
Barack Obama will Reform No Child Left Behind:
Obama and Biden believe teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests and he will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college.
Obama and Biden will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.That will be a good beginning - to support schools, rather than punish them and to give more freedom to teachers to teach.
Students and teachers of America will be better for it.