Dear Ms. Goodman
Ohanian Comment: Here is a fine letter.
If you haven't yet written yours, here are the addresses. Remember, put Saving Public Education, Saving Democracy in the subject line.
We at Educator Roundtable believe this message will resonate with all three individuals, and we believe that receiving thousands of emails in their inboxes with the same subject line will get their attention. Especially since these letters are arriving from across the country.
And remember to include the url for the Educator Roundtable petition, just as Robin Brooks did:
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 8:00 AM
Subject: Saving Public Education, Saving Democracy
Dear Ms. Goodman,
First let me express my gratitude for your work, for speaking truth to power and for being a beacon of light in a dark time.
Just as you have dedicated your life to journalistic integrity, my life's work has been in the field of education, researching what children need to learn, grow, and thrive, and integrating that research into my public school classroom. I am also the mother of a child who is now in the fourth grade at our local public school. This gives me unique insight into the damaging effects of the Federal education legislation called "No Child Left Behind,." or NCLB.
NCLB has been a disastrous intrusion into the life of our schools, our teachers, and our children. It has been lucrative for corporations that make their fortune from developing standardized curriculum materials and standardized tests. If you want to understand the numerous outrages of this punitive and damaging legislation, they have been well documented by a group of passionate, committed educators at http://www.educatorroundtable.org/petition.html
I don't know which point to emphasize to you because all are valid and add up to an oppressive burden which has shifted the culture and purpose of our schools away from learning to a sort of dogmatic skill and drill environment which is dumbing down our society and greatly diminishing this cornerstone of our democracy. The children I teach are hungry for an education which can bring meaning and focus to their lives today and not for some future date.
When you read our petition, I believe you will understand why we need your help in making our campaign to eliminate NCLB a national issue. I implore you to join us in working to eliminate NCLB, save our public schools, and restore our democracy!
Robin Brooks, M. F. A.
INDEX OF NCLB OUTRAGES