In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the promise—and the possible pitfalls—of the new Common Core State Standards. If implemented properly—namely, by ensuring that frontline educators are prepared to teach these rigorous new standards—we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today’s changing world. If not, they will end up in the dustbin of abandoned reforms. Read her full column.
A new White House report that describes the impact of the recession on schools and our economy shows unequivocally that the quality of our students' education—in every community and at every level—has been harmed by the recession and the resulting teacher layoffs and cuts to critical programs, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.