Earlier today, I posted the form letter that the White House is sending to people who write to complain about the damage caused by Race to the Top.
The form letter shows clearly that no one read your letters indicting RTTT. The White House response is canned and insulting. There are hundreds of individual letters. Every one of those letters was written from experience. None was slapdash. Some were eloquent.
None deserved this shabby response from a President who needs our votes. At the very least, you would think by now the White House would have a form letter explaining why the President still believes in Race to the Top, asking for patience. Instead, we got indifference and self-congratulatory pap.
We won’t give up. We will continue to raise our voices. We will stand together, speak out, document the damage done by high-stakes testing and privatization, whether the White House responds or not.
It’s time to plan for collective action. It’s time to encourage opting out of high-stakes testing by parents, school boards, superintendents, entire districts. It’s time to mount demonstrations at strategic places against the privatization and profiteering that now shows its ugly face without shame.
It’s time to act up to save our children and grandchildren. It’s time to do what we must to protect a basic democratic institution and keep it out of the hands of speculators, entrepreneurs, rightwing ideologues and amateurs.
Look to yourselves, your colleagues, your associates. You have the power to change the present destructive course. Organize, mobilize, educate the public, use your imagination.
It’s time to think anew. It’s time to stop complying with mandates that demand educational malpractice.