From Dave Waltz, Commerce Township:
Pick up any newspaper these days and teachers are being portrayed as lazy and incompetent (people) who couldn’t care less about their students. Nothing could be further from the truth. By and large, teachers are extremely hard-working individuals who go the extra mile to help their students in and out of the classroom.
What is true, however, is that people such as Gov. (Rick) Snyder, President (Barack) Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believe that market forces should dictate which schools are “good” and which schools are “bad.” They feel that competition, mainly based on standardized test scores, should dictate which schools survive and which schools go bust. What they fail to realize, however, is that a neighborhood school is often the backbone of a community and that schools should not be treated as retail stores which close down because a politician deems it as “failing.”
Republican governors and other so-called school reformers, such as (former Florida Gov.) Jeb Bush and (former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor) Michelle Rhee, are part of a nationwide effort to dismantle public education. It is up to the residents of our great state and country who have a vested interest in preserving public education to begin to take note and prevent this from happening.