It’s time to examine where our public education policy is and to take bold steps to get it where it realistically needs to be.
That was the message CEA President Sheila Cohen delivered to other members of the State Board of Education Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee at a meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford yesterday. Cohen was named to the committee of 38 stakeholders earlier this year.
Cohen said, “Test obsession is a clear and present danger. Policymakers are not listening enough to teachers. They are giving short shrift to student creativity, love of learning, and the critical initiative that must be fostered. We need to ask ourselves, ‘Are we providing a well-rounded curriculum that prepares responsible citizens?’”
She told fellow committee members to reject simplistic interpretations and one-size fits all reforms in favor of realistic and robust thinking.
Watch Cohen’s complete comments here or below.