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Let’s begin a dialogue to improve education

Will Carl Paladino, Jason McCarthy and other newly elected Buffalo School Board members come to hear Mark Garrison, professor of education policy and research at D’Youville College, speak on June 18 about standardized testing and the privatization of public education? I hope so, because Paladino feels the district “has suffered from bad judgment, incompetence, equivocation, racism and corruption,” as he said in his memo in preparation for the search for an interim superintendent for the long-suffering Buffalo Public Schools.

Should open-mindedness prevail, dialogue, debate and discussion related to the Common Core state standards could not be better served than by Garrison. His straightforward presentation of factual realities and suggestions for immediately applicable policies are electrifying. Board members may even experience a conversion. Instead of crushing teachers’ motivation with Common Core testing and denying full curriculum to students burdened with those tests, Garrison’s presentation will reveal the origin and designs of the Common Core aspect of education reform.

Hopefully, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore will welcome board members’ presence and begin a dialogue that puts quality education and a productive citizenry for Buffalo in the forefront of reforming education. What a shame if the same old bad judgment and incompetence continue to reign.

Ray Peterson

Buffalo