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The blog is my virtual living room and all are invited to join the conversation. We talk about how to help children, public schools, and our society. We don’t always agree, and that’s good. We learn from one another.

Rarely, I have to ask a guest to leave. I do so reluctantly. I ask people to leave when they behave rudely, trying to disrupt our conversation. I am very tolerant, but my tolerance has its limits.

My goal is to inform readers about the corporate assault on public education and the raid on public funds. I am opposed to privatization and high-stakes testing. Privatization creates a dual school system and sucks students and resources out of public schools, making it harder or impossible for them to succeed.

I believe that public education is a civic responsibilty, not a profit-making opportunity.

I believe testing has grown out of control. Higher test scores are not and should not be the goal of education.

The goal of education is to develop young people into adults of good character who can think for themselves, make wise choices, and contribute to the betterment of society.

None of the goals that matter most are measured by standardized tests.

I believe our schools can be much better. But first we must free ourselves from the stranglehold of testing and school choice. Our schools will not become better by testing more, by starving public schools to enrich entrepreneurs, or to replace experienced teachers with unprepared newcomers.

The purpose of this blog is to inform you and encourage you to take action.

Eventually we will prevail. Nothing proposed and imposed by the so-called reformers has worked as predicted. They have created chaos, demoralized teachers, and created a teacher shortage. After 15 years of NCLB and Race to the Top, it is abundantly clear that their punitive ideas and policies do not work and will never work. Yet the reformers plow forward, because they have so much money and can’t admit defeat.

They are a ghost army, using paid bloggers and filling demonstrations with parents and students directed to show up.

Do not lose hope or heart. Do not quit. That’s what they hope for.

We will persevere and we will prevail. We are many. They are few.