“Education is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society. Compassion and peace of mind bring a sense of confidence that reduce stress and anxiety, whereas anger and hatred come from frustration and undermine our sense of trust. Because of ignorance, many of our problems are our own creation. Education, however, is the instrument that increases our ability to employ our own intelligence.”
I notice there are no references to standardized testing, grading rubrics, pay for performance or any other arbitrary or punitive form of measurement of the educational experience. Nor does it suggest that education should or could be monetized or privatized in an effort to improve outcome or to reach more people. So, what is it that we REALLY want for our children and our schools and, most importantly, how are we raising our voices to advocate for schools that authentically celebrate diversity and inclusion, reflect their community and have an expectation of peaceful abiding for educators, children and families.