A Letter from Teachers and Principals

The following letter from reform-minded teachers and principals is adapted from chapter 6 of The Six Virtues of the Educated Person.

It was rejected by Phi Delta Kappan because, according to the editor, “It is not compelling.” Let me know what you think. Is this, or is this not, more interesting than what you read in PDK?

Dear School Board Members and State Legislators:

You have good intentions as you work to improve education. Because we work daily with students, we see both the good and the bad accomplished by your policies. We are sure you want to hear from us, if public education is going in the wrong direction.

That is the first purpose of this letter—to tell you we are going in the wrong direction. Our second purpose is to explain how we can go in the right direction.

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