Betty Sternberg, former Connecticut Commissioner of Education says that Connecticut education has “lost its way”. I agree. Education in Connecticut has lost the capability to attract the best new teachers and to keep many of the best experienced teachers because it is clear that people with excellent minds, innovative spirits, and collegial leadership are not valued. The Connecticut State Department of Education has put in place an evaluation system that mandates ordinariness and compliance.
Let’s change the message. Let’s give our teachers an environment to work in that values them as strong thinkers and independent learners. Only then will our children discover their own potential as thinkers and learners.