Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.

Susan Sluyter is a veteran teacher of young children in the Cambridge Public Schools who has been connected to the district for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 25 years. Last month she sent a resignation letter ( “with deep love and a broken heart”) explaining that she could no longer align her understanding of how young children learn best in safe, developmentally appropriate environments with the testing and data collection mandates imposed on teachers today.  She wrote in part:

I have watched as my job requirements swung away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children, thereby ramping up the academic demands and pressures on them. 

Each year, I have been required to spend more time attending classes and workshops to learn about new academic demands that smack of 1st and 2nd grade, instead of kindergarten and PreK.  I have needed to schedule and attend more and more meetings about increasingly extreme behaviors and emotional needs of children in my classroom; I recognize many of these behaviors as children shouting out to the adults in their world, “I can’t do this!  Look at me!  Know me!  Help me!  See me!”  I have changed my practice over the years to allow the necessary time and focus for all the demands coming down from above.  Each year there are more.  Each year I have had less and less time to teach the children I love in the way I know best—and in the way child development experts recommend.  I reached the place last year where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.

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She is oh so right. It is no longer about the child as a person, but as a subject. When a child is enrolled in preK or Kindergarten, it is so they can be molded to what fits them best for their learning needs. Yes they are to be tested but not as a 1st or 2nd grader. The school system has gotten completely out of hand and quite frankly, I am thankful my son is no longer in school. I am afraid I would have some choice words to say to those teachers. They need to get back to the basics that they were taught for teaching and perhaps we would once again have some worthwhile graduates. I realize that this particualr governmental regime is partly to blame, however, some teachers and Principals are taking things way out of control.

At lleast you have the courage to QUIT this pathetic communist Education Department and its rank Common Core- the only thing common is that it is rotten to its very core. 

Good for her. It's always nice when you find someone that won't sell their soul. God Bless Susan Sluyter.

DON'T QUIT...! TEACH THEM THE RIGHT WAY....!! LET THE SOCIALIST LIBERALS TRY AND FIRE YOU....!! FIGHT BACK...., THAT IS WHAT AMERICA IS ABOUT....!! STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS...., RIGHT.....!! IF YOU QUIT THEY WIN....!!

Sorry, I am not trying to be cocky, but I told you so. No one listens until a crisis gets out of hand. Myself, and I am sure others have been sounding the alarm about the teacher purge for some time now.  As this teacher who is obviously centered on her students well being says, this broken system is damaging children. Any person who is married to a pre-K, Kindergarten, or first grade teacher becomes aware that burdens are being placed on children that you and I never had when we were growing up, learning, and being allowed to be children.  

The work load on teachers is arbitrary. Why is is that some teachers have little extra work load, and many others work until 10 o'clock at night and sacrifice weekends with endless work chores?  Could it be that some are politically  desirable and have favor with the leftist bureaucracy.  Could it be that other teachers appear to be conservative or Christian and therefore are undesirable to the establishment.  What of young mothers who are teachers and have no time to devote to their families, and so their children suffer?

Any way around this, children suffer from the incompetence of establishment politicians and administrators. 

I don't know if anyone heard Hillary Clinton on TV remarking about the globalization of educations. But the reality is that this is the attempt at  Sovietization of education on a massive scale.

The evil must be stopped, for the sake of children, for the sake of our nation, and for the sake of the teachers who have dedicated themselves to the real education of children instead of the vile and wicked indoctrination that evil forces are trying to impose on us all. Teachers cannot do it by themselves, The citizens of the nation must voice outrage at the barbarism of the establishment, and take back the country that once was ours. 

The PROBLEM is that ALL of this NONSENSE comes Down From On High.  The 'Bosses' in D.C. tell the administrators in the States, and they pass it on to the town and city 'boards', who dump it on the Teachers, who dump it on the Kids. 

If you GO to 'On High' you'll find a POLITICAL HACK, whos last experience in a CLASS ROOM was prior to his graduation, and whos last experience with Kindergarden was 50 or so years ago, when he attended it.  This is STILL ANOTHER reason for term limits.  When bordom sets in, 'tinkering' with things they know nothing about follows.  And this story is an example of PART of the result.

Going to start seeing more of this.

students today are nothing but political fodder for the leftist, with common core, social engineering, and a political correct system gone haywire. the schools today have eroded into checks and balances, skin colors, and sexual identities......where the teachers unions are exempted from the national educational failures, the prevents inadequate teachers from being fired, out of touch school boards, and where the educational standards are coming from a progressive leftist ideology in Washington, rather than the local communities and states. Washington and the department of education are never accountable for the united states not even being rated in the top 25 of educational achievement in the world, even though more money is thrown to education than any other country in the world, and where thousands of employees work for the department of education, but nobody knows exactly what they are there for.

Al,

"...political fodder for the leftists."

More than that.  They are PART OF THE INVENTORY, pledged to the National Debt, which WE have no right to question of challenge.  We have all been so pledged, since the FED already HAS our gold.

And we wonder why high school graduates can not read, comprehend, or do math.

It has become all to apparent that the goal of the new progressive system of education is to dumb down American kids, so that this country will not be competitive in the new world order.  If we the people don't change things soon, this country truly will be doomed.

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Breaking:  FBI Admits Comey Leaked Memos 
 That Were Classified   Material! 

The FBI turned over the Comey memos to Congress today after missing their deadline earlier in the week.

Congressional leaders threatened to impeach deep state leaders if they continued to stall on the memos.

Fired FBI Chief James Comey wrote about the memos in his book and leaked the documents to reporters last year. Congress has not yet had a chance to look at the memos — Until tonight.

AND—– THE MEMOS ARE CLASSIFIED!

Meaning Fired FBI Chief James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TO THE PRESS.

From the report:

From the DOJ to Congress:

Therefore, pursuant to your request, we are providing the requested memoranda in both the redacted and unredacted formats for your convenience. Consistent with your request, we are providing an unclassified version of the documents redacted to remove any classified information.

The DOJ wrote Congressional leaders this evening.

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Hannity: Good news for Trump, crushing blows for the left

GOP Congressional Leaders Nunes, Gowdy And Goodlatte Release Statement On Comey Memos

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued a statement on the memos later tonight.

The House chairmen note that the memos prove that fired Director Comey never felt obstructed or threatened from his relationship with the president.

And… former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel.

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published the statement tonight:

Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the following statement:

“We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus. He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.

The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.

Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

As we have consistently said, rather than making a criminal case for obstruction or interference with an ongoing investigation, these memos would be Defense Exhibit A should such a charge be made.”

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