I Wouldn’t be Doing This!

It’s an issue I’ve not weighed in on, except to say that I’m happy with the person who will do the best for our children and our future.  In truth, I have to agree with my wife, that it is plain wrong for a….

Education Building in Raleigh, NC
Click image for a close-up of the art work on the center wall.

Well, here’s the story in brief.  Our elected governor, Beverly Purdue, who ran on an education improvement platform, created a new position at the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  She hired William Harris as the agency’s CEO, giving him powers that effectively supplanted our “elected” state superintendent, June Atkinson — our first “insider” state superintendent in, well, decades.  Atkinson launched a lawsuit, which was recently ruled in her favor.  Harrison retired from the $265,000 salary CEO position day before yesterday.

You can read the story here.

But what irked me most, and here is the point of this entry, is that the newspaper article characterizes DPI as “…the state agency that oversees testing, curriculum and policy for 115 local districts in North Carolina.” 

Maybe I’m being petty.  But — that testing is included in this list of three functions of DPI, much less that it comes first, is a mark of the tragic state education has fallen to at the hands of politicians (education amateurs).  Good educators know that assessment is part of the teaching/learning process, not something different.

I suddenly realized, while thinking about this, that, if I was the age of my children, in this environment, struggling right now with shaping my own personal future..

…TEACHING WOULD BE NOWHERE NEAR MY RADAR!

Just to have some fun with this — what would you be doing today, if you had not entered the field of education.

As for me, some of you might remember the cartoon show, The Adventures of Johnny Quest.  I always wanted to be Johnny Quest’s father, this renaissance scientist with a private jet, body guard, some sad untold story that left his son motherless — coming to the rescue with the right knowledge and latest gadgets to save the day.  I’d be a scientist of some type.

How about you?

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