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[Susan notes: Here's your chance to join the Seattle test resistance. Write letters. Here are addresses:

superintendent@seattleschools.org

schoolboard@seattleschools.org

You can also write the teachers the teachers whose names have appeared in the news. Write and thank them.

Kit McCormick (English teacher)
Jesse Hagopian (History teacher)
Mario Shaunette (Math teacher)

Garfield High School
400 23rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Jim Horn runs www.SchoolsMatter, a vital blog of resistance.]

Submitted to but not published
01/18/2013

Dear Board Members:

You are to be congratulated for your leadership in spawning a group of educators at Garfield High who understand their mission is "to improve learning, rather than to prove it" (Dan Stufflebeam quote from 30 years ago).

Stufflebeam knew then what most reformers still don't about the purpose of evaluation, and he also knew that trying to direct traffic from 20,000 feet can be very dangerous and confusing for those on the ground, even though things look quite orderly from aloft. Imposing school reform from afar with no respect for those charged with implementing those reforms has never worked and never will--in a democracy.

Those of us who have been fighting for caring, humane, quality public schools that educate all children celebrate the courage and conscience that the teachers of Garfield have shown by voting to not administer another wasteful test that diminishes their professionalism and does nothing to improve learning. We hope that you and your administration will support them and stand by them at the Board meetings.

The children of Seattle have important lessons to learn from this episode. Won't you let them know that their schools and those who lead them stand with eyes toward the side of history where these children will emulate what they are learning today?

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Jim Horn, Ph.D.


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