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Obviously the system can change. From NCLB to merit-pay and school choice--education policy will bend to the loudest voice. Unfortunately, these changes have all been in the wrong direction. These were top-down changes that have mainly come from outside sources who political motivations. We need a positive change toward progressive pedagogy/assessment on a platform of technology with an evaluation system that doesn't involve a carrot or stick. This needs to be bottom-up initiative that moves from the teachers to buildings to districts to the state level.
I haven been a part of major change in my building (1:1 computing), which is now affecting change in my district (1:1 grades 4-12 next year). Other schools have been visiting our school and changing their districts--hopefully this will lead to changes at the state level. However, the fight to changed the evaluation system is a much harder fight. I think its a fight worth fighting. I think what we need is an organization of teachers who want change. We need to create a grassroots organization of teachers who are interested in changing educational policy in the interest of learning. Does one exist already? Where do we start?