Jake Thornberry is one of 80 students at Compass Academy in Idaho Falls who planned and conducted a state superintendent debate between eventual winner Sherri Ybarra and Jana Jones. He shares three life lessons he learned during this political experience.
Today’s crisis in Idaho education has been caused by an amalgamation of high stakes testing, accountability, markets and privatization tied to the Common Core. Educators often feel compelled to put test preparation ahead of richer forms of teaching.
The children of Idaho will be the losers if recent history is any indication. A deal is probably quickly being written to clear the governor’s friends and donors from paying back their illegal gain as happened in the Idaho prison scandal.
Education Networks of America found a way to deliver internet access so Idaho students could take advantage of modern classrooms. I’m grateful the Legislature found a way to keep the IEN going in the wake of this temporary holdup.
Expect to see teachers playing it safe in the classroom in an attempt to please an administrator instead of taking risks to experiment with innovative ideas and methods of teaching.
If elected, Democrats say they will appoint a new committee that will have a much better representation of working teachers than the governor’s current tiered-licensure subcommittee.
We need to elect a senator who values people over dollars.