San Francisco, again! This time it’s the “Where’s the Outrage?” conference on school choice, where top education policy experts and reformers will give updates on what is happening in their states and discuss how to maximize their efforts for change.
The conference theme is “LIGHTING A FIRE UNDER THE SCHOOL CHOICE MOVEMENT“. Now that’s something we an all get behind, right? Who would be AGAINST choice? That’s like being against freedom. The website (http://outrageconference.com) goes on to say “Our goal is to ignite our country’s DEMAND for school choice.”
It’s great to see this development, but sad that it should be necessary.
In January 2011 this group will organize the National School Choice Week, because “the alternative to the current unsustainable, underperforming system [of traditional education] is parental choice.”
Watch their space. Talk it up. If we can make “choice” available to all parents, then we can get somewhere with the education REvolution. Parents will choose those schools where children do best, measured by their whole “becoming” and not simply test scores.
There’s a lot at stake here and it’s easy to loose sight of it. But the reality is that far too many children are being lost and ill-served by the traditional schools they attend every day. I think that Dr. Steve Hughes (www.goodatdoingthings.com) said it so eloquently and passionately when he said ““Can we afford to waste this much humanity? Can we afford to squander a third or more of our young people? Who among us thinks that if we keep it up, push traditional education harder and harder, if we put more pressure on teachers and schools to improve academic test scores, to do better, to teach more, who, at this point, thinks that we’ll get 50% improvement? Nobody thinks this. Probably nobody really thinks we have 20% more to gain. I really wonder if anyone, anywhere really thinks we could realistically get 10% more by squeezing traditional education harder.”
Let’s get going. Enough already – yes?!