I really respect Anthony Mullen. “I’ve had very few opportunities to affect policy, both on the state and national level. I’ve repeatedly asked the state superintendent to meet with me and he has declined.”
Mullen said he expressed disappointment to his principal that he didn’t “see on the rubric anything to do with social-emotional needs. “It’s not hard for me to teach a kid Newton’s Law,” he said, “but it’s much harder for me to catch a falling kid.”
It is people like him, those in the trenches, who cause me to still believe in the education system. It’s the test creators, bureaucrats, and yes sometimes administrators who bog up the system because they simply do not listen to the teachers and librarians in the trenches. Sending your kid to a public school isn’t for everybody, but neither is homeschooling, online schooling, or private schooling.