Since 2006, I have worked as an ESL and bilingual public elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. I have long been disturbed by the amount of classroom time that is lost preparing for and administering high-stakes standardized tests, however the 2013 NYS Common Core assessments were so horrific that I could no longer – in good conscience – remain passive. I have been writing about public education on this blog since then.
I am an advocate for children, first and foremost, and wish to protect our youngest students from being deprived of a meaningful, authentic and well-rounded education that includes field trips, recess, music, art and access to a school library. I’m both wary and weary of education technology. I oppose the Common Core for various reasons but mostly because it is undemocratic and inextricably tied to the aforementioned tests that I – along with many other teachers – so loathe. I support the Network for Public Education’s fight against corporate education reform, namely the privatization of our public schools. I’m also a parent of a child currently enrolled in a New York City public elementary school and am active with a number of #OptOut groups including NYC Opt Out and Change the Stakes. I am a proud member of MORE, the social justice caucus of the UFT.
– Katie Lapham