Will They Both Come to a School Near You?
Truth In American Education
The “Garfield Stand” may eventually come to a school near you following the roll out of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessment implementation across the country. What is the Garfield Stand? It is what the teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School are doing—they are taking a stand on important issues related to student assessment. You can read about it in the letter from teachers at Garfield High School and at additional links provided below. Teachers at another school, Ballard High School, are not just in sympathy with their Garfield colleagues; they are taking the same stand.
This may be the start of our seeing the hundredth monkey phenomenon related to the CCSS and other education reform issues. Individual teachers may not be comfortable or may even be fearful of speaking out on these issues but when they realize other colleagues have similar views and concerns, collectively they may take a stand as we see at Garfield.
Is the Garfield Stand a preview of what we may see across the country in the not to distant future as teachers have first hand classroom experience implementing top down education reform mandates?
I encourage you to read the letter from the Garfield teachers. The Ballard teachers wrote a letter supporting their Garfield colleagues. That letter is copied below. In a few years how many of the statements below will have a ring of truth if MAP is replaced with SBAC or PARCC assessments?