As I walked towards my class Monday, I saw Mary walking in my direction. I secretly hoped she wouldn't see me because she did not pass last semester and I didn't know what her reaction to me would be.
Well, Mary did see me. She ran over and threw her arms around me in on of the biggest hugs ever. She told me she knew she couldn't pass that class. (I had tried, unsuccessfully, to get her to drop and take a remedial in its place.). She told me I did more to help her than any teacher ever had and vowed to find a way to improve her math skills and pass next time around. I walked away feeling at the top of my game, knowing I made a difference in some one's life.
Did you read what she told me. Mr. Education Mayor, Mr. President? Test scores aren't everything. There is more to education than a number on a page! Helping and teaching students is not a score on an exam. The students know this, why don't you? Stop playing games with our schools. Admit you don't care about the kids of this country. Keeping budgets low by constantly hiring new and getting rid of old teachers is what it is all about. Keeping the pockets of the testing companies full is also your priority.