Anthony Cody, an Education Week blogger and former math and science teacher and coach in OUSD, is one of the organizers of Saturday’s Save Our Schools March in Washington, D.C. March participants don’t like the direction in which education reform is headed; among other demands, they are calling for an end to the practice of using student test scores as the basis for decisions about school closures, layoffs and pay.
I reached Cody on Tuesday for this story about the movement. I also talked to Molly Servatius, from San Francisco’s Paul Revere Elementary, who is about to begin her third year in the classroom.
Servatius said she joined the Save Our Schools movement online on the day she saw the Waiting for Superman documentary about the failings of the nation’s public schools — a film that many teachers criticized as skewed and simplistic. She said she looked around and saw people crying during one of the film’s poignant scenes.
She was crying too, she said — but for a different reason.
“I felt so angry and violated by that movie,” she said. “I went home that night and found SOS.”
What do you think of the group’s guiding principals? Someone forwarded me a link to this post on The Quick & The Ed, an Education Sector think tank blog, that found some contradictions between the group’s message and public opinion polls.
Parents Across America (of which `graduated’ OUSD parent Sharon Higgins is a founding member) is also involved in the march. It put out this information for parents who are sympathetic to the cause but can’t make it to D.C.