The time has once again flown by, and so it has been several days since I offered a post. Part of the delay is the result of my being extremely busy these days. I have decided that my time for rest and rejuvenation is up. I am now rested and feeling ready to do something new and different. I am in the midst of deciding exactly what that is and how that is going to look, and when I am ready to roll it out, I will be sure to let everyone know. But for today, I want to write a bit about a Facebook posting that I offered a couple of days ago. I did it hurriedly as I was reading my e-mail, and it just occurred to me today that I should take a little bit of time to highlight this new development.
The development to which I am referring is the creation of a new network of educators and supporters of public education. The announcement came to me first through a blog posting from Diane Ravitch. The title was "Breaking News: New Group to Oppose Corporate Reforms," and in that post, Dr. Ravitch offered that there was a group of education leaders from across the country who were building a movement for improving and strengthening our schools with "researched-based reforms, not fads and sanctions."
The name of the group is the Network for Public Education. For a mere $20, you can join as an individual, but there are other levels of membership including membership for groups and organizations. I signed up as an individual member and am eager to see the work that this group is going to master mind. Dr. Ravitch herself is the President of the newly formed group.
As I did on Facebook, I urge you to sign up as an individual member to help this group out. I believe in public education, and I truly believe it is in danger. This group and others like it are beginning to spring up in reaction to the corporate take-overs and the mindless testing regimen with which some have become so enamored. If you care about preserving public education, I urge you to take action now and join this group. Become involved...before it is too late.
The press release about the formation of the new group is provided below: