The current teacher shortage is a reckoning of decades of anti-teacher public policies and neglect of teachers’ voices by school administrators and policymakers. Even before the pandemic, teacher retention was a problem in urban, rural, and highpoverty schools as well as in the subject areas of math, science, and special education.
Play is essential to a child’s development. Children learn about themselves, others, and the world around them primarily through play. Play helps children learn interpersonal skills and fosters curiosity, imagination, and creativity.
Our reliance on standardized tests to measure student learning and school quality has resulted in few gains while causing harm to schools and students. Federal testing requirements resulting from No Child Left Behind (2001) and Every Student Succeeds Act (2015) have not translated into durable academic gains or narrowed achievement gaps, nor are students in the United States more globally competitive today than they were a decade ago.