Sunday, October 13, 2013
One Parent at a Time
I answered questions from distraught parents, parents pleading for help for their child who had been held back or might be held back - even with good report card grades. I responded to parents who were angry - parents whose autistic children are forced to take the test. I helped parents whose children were being denied fine arts due to test scores. I answered questions from parents with children in kindergarten - these young children are being required to take tests online - these children are frightened. I gave advice to parents whose children are vomiting before the test, parents whose children hate school due to the tests, parents whose children view themselves as failures after the test. I supported parents with children in elementary, middle school, and high school.
I answered teachers' questions: How do I opt my own child out? How do I opt my child out while keeping my job? How do I start a parent movement without attaching my name to it?
I spoke with teachers who asked that I don't use their name; I spoke with teachers who said please use my name.
I heard the stories of parents with children in virtual schools, charter schools, public schools and home schools. They want a revolution. They ask...how? How do we start one in our community?
This is how - begin by telling your story - speak to the heads and the hearts of those around you. Invite them over for coffee. Build a relationship. Help them see that your strength is their strength and together you are more powerful. This is how we will win.