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This is one of the most powerful letters I have read. I hope Diane Sekula doesn’t quit. I hope she changes her mind and stays to fight.
Veteran teacher to resign over Common Core and SBAC
A statement from Diane Sekula, experienced educator and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Moldova, ’99-01):
I have been a teacher for well over a decade and this spring, I will turn in my resignation because of Common Core and its associated data collection through SBAC and other means.
Common Core is substandard and the required data collection highly UNETHICAL. It is causing stress amongst students, teachers, and parents alike and has taken much joy out of teaching and learning.
I have witnessed extreme anxiety and tears from both teachers and students because of the pressure, confusion and uncertainty surrounding Common Core and SBAC Testing.
When I taught in the Soviet Union as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1999-2001, I was told by our federal government to help teachers design lessons that included opportunities for creativity and innovation as this was not done under Soviet Rule. Under Soviet Rule testing was everything and you were labeled because of it. Labels work for bottles of poison BUT NOT FOR CHILDREN OR DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES. Our ability to nurture individual dreams encourage innovation is one of the things that makes the United States better than socialized countries in many ways.
The Common Core is not what it was sold as.
It encourages uniformity through one-size-fits-all standards at the cost of individuality, individual thinking and individual differences.
The Derryfield School has referred to it as INFERIOR.
It is not used at Thomas Hassan’s school, Philips Exeter.
The way this is going, public school children will be trained as workers while those who can afford it will get a true education.
New Hampshire children, families and teachers deserve better than Common Core.