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. 

one less good teacher for the children

seems the commie's are getting their way, one way or another

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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