Notice to all Superintendents:
The following Help Wanted ad was received by The Super through e-mail from a parent in a large east coast school district that is looking for a new superintendent.
I present this ad as proof that the more parents know about NCLB and it's insidious side-effects, the more they want their educational leaders to stand up for their children and not just go along with the throng throwing money at the testing industry.
Wouldn't you like to see a help wanted ad that actually looked like this?
School superintendent who meets the following criteria:
Thinks independently and creatively about public school education.
Does not buy into the NCLB act or it's insistence on participation in the standards and testing industry.
Endorses a curriculum that is sensitive to the needs of the individual child.
Solicits the professional input of teaching staff.
Endorses an awareness of and dedication to current knowledge about learning.
Believes that smaller classrooms, varied assessment tools, creative curriculum and competitive salaries for teachers belong on a priority agenda.
Dedicates resources, not only to minority and special needs students, but also to real and varied academic opportunities for the entire range of students.
Is willing to research and consider other avenues for students advancement besides AP, IB or other overused, academically disputed recipes.
Will hope to foster community and parental interest, input, and support for our schools, our teachers, and our students.
Has no financial claims or interest in contributing to the growing financial returns of academic test, textbook or tutoring industries.
With no particular political agenda, still believes that our public schools present an opportunity to prepare and educate our students for a better future.
Ok Supe's - any takers?