Formerly of Bowdoinham
and I'm neither a teacher nor the spouse of a teacher. I'm the product of a very effective public education system that was not evaluated by subjective criteria. Rather, my public school system focused on outcomes and achievements, encouraging students to surpass expectations and not settle for mediocrity. It taught me how to contract two words into one, how to avoid run on sentences...essentially, how to clearly communicate in writing. It's refreshing to know that we can at least agree that the educational system can and must do better if we have any hope of graduating new generations who can compete globally. The devil is always in the details, though.
It's evident from your response that you did not benefit from programs such as head start and other early education initiatives. Otherwise, I'm guessing your spelling and use of the English language would be more advanced. If our country ever seriously intends to regain its global status we must start with a focus on education; however, the Governor's approach is backward and counterproductive. It's disengenuous to give a school a failing grade yet refer to its teachers as heroes. A black mark on a school reflects on students, teachers, parents, and the community at large. And when the criteria used to judge the success or failure of schools is inherently flawed, the problem is exacerbated.