Jan Resseger recommends that we reflect on our founding documents and on our values.

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos would have us believe that there is no such thing as “the common good.”

They don’t know that our government and our society are organized to achieve common purposes.

They certainly don’t understand that public schools were created to advance our common purposes as a nation, to develop citizens, to help every child achieve to the best of his or her abilities.

Public schools do not exist to prepare for global competition.

Public schools do not exist to raise test scores to the highest anywhere ever.

Public schools do not exist to prepare for college and careers. We have no ideas what careers will exist ten years from now.

Public schools exist to help every child be the best he or she can be.

Public schools exist to build and sustain our democracy.

We can’t measure what matters most.