Statement of Principles

posted Nov 2, 2012, 8:52 PM by RD Skeels
I stand for:
  • Fully funded public schools with elected school boards
  • Small class sizes
  • Dual language immersion
  • Free voluntary reading and ample access to libraries
  • Project based learning and respect for vocational education
  • Culturally relevant curriculum, ethic studies, and liberation pedagogy
  • Arts, music, and literature
  • Schools encouraging community and parental collaboration
  • Professional, experienced educators with the right to collective bargaining
I vehemently oppose:
  • Privatization via charters and vouchers
  • Standardized tests being used for high stakes decisions
  • A singular focus on testing leading to a narrowing of curricula and elimination of electives
  • Segregation by race, class, and ethnicity
  • Discrimination against students with special needs or disabilities
  • Alternate teaching certifications that lead to inexperienced and unqualified instructors
  • Unproven methodologies and programs being imposed on districts
  • No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core State Standards
  • Profiteering in the name of "helping kids"