I am reblogging my piece “that parent” as an anthem to remind us all that sometimes you have to speak louder when someone tells you to shut up and sit down.
Here is a link to a discussion on field tests. First a superintendent from Ossining speaks and then Regent Chancellor Merryl Tisch spaeks. What she says is so inflammatory. She summarily dismisses parents and directs parents to “tone it down”. She also says the tests are used to inform instruction and improve teaching which is the farthest from the truth. Regent Tisch starts at 23:00.
That parent” speaks louder when Regent Chancellor Tisch tells her to tone it down!!
The mamma bear in me refuses to tone it down. Clearly, Tisch doesnt hear us. Its time to speak louder.
I am “that parent!” Are you?
Advocating in a small school district presents a challenge on many fronts. Sometimes, its hard to rally other parents so that your cause has enough strength and/or support that will actually make a change.
You may feel like your voice is drowned out by the chatter of nothingness.
You may feel powerless or that your efforts are fruitless.
You may question why bother doing this at all.
You may feel alone but, I assure you, that you are not.
Some parents are quick to complain but slow to take action.
Others are simply too scared to step up lest they be singled out and ostracized by their peers.
Many parents support you secretly but are afraid to show it in school because they fear backlash from unscrupulous officials or that their friends wont approve.
Many parents worry that they wil be labelled or known as “that parent” which is apparently…
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