As the term winds down, I’m faced with an incredible amount of grading and class prep to do, so I’m going to make this short. A few days ago the Portland Business Alliance wrote a letter to the editor condemning the teacher’s union and PPS for not applying for Race to the Top Funds (among other “failures”). This was followed up by an article in the Oregonian on the topic rehashing the subject matter of the letter. Read more here.
When I read this letter and the article, it raised concerns for me that have also been popping up in my reading and my activist work. The big question for me is…does the business model work for schools and kids? And should we be using this model on our education system?
Current and future teachers and education advocates, I’d love to hear your perspective on this. Is Race to the Top even worth applying for? Does it represent a model of “reform” that we should not support? Should the business community make decisions about classrooms? What’s really holding students back?
Does this letter ring any alarms for you? Or do you feel like the support of community members like the business association is needed for true school reform?