Call me an optimist (perhaps it’s my relative youth), but America’s independent streak is widening more than ever when it comes to school reform, and that hearkens positive prospects for upcoming months and years.
In this case, establishment publication EdWeek reports on “frustrated” parents and educators growing louder in rejecting federal and bureaucratic impositions in classrooms.
Organizers say the effort aims to galvanize and give voice to those who believe policymakers, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and state governors, have gone astray in their remedies for improving American schools. Leaders of the march—current and former educators among them—say they’re determined to build a grassroots movement that has staying power beyond the gathering this summer and “restores” a central role for educators, parents, and communities in policy decisions.
Not only the impossible-to-satisfy hamstrings in No Child Left Behind, but arch-arrogant (and anti-Constitution) statements by Education Secretary Arne Duncan that he will unilaterally reprieve states from legislative requirements have contributed to grassroots disgust. And the people getting annoyed are no longer the “likelies,” but quiet, establishment types.
Now, anger and frustration can be constructive. It can also be destructive. People who care about education and federal overreach everywhere have growing opportunities to educate and join with their neighbors to enact useful reforms and regain rights and responsibilities we have lost.
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