The Courage Needed in Education

By now I’m sure many of you have read the LancasterOnline article regarding a local teacher who recently resigned from her teaching position of 20 years. What you may not know is that Gina de Vitry is a dear friend of mine, and I admire her courage to do what she felt was best. Let’s be honest, how many of us would leave the comfort of a profession we have held for 20 years because we did not like the direction it was going?

Her resignation appropriately sheds light on a bigger issue within the realm of public education – standardized testing. While I believe standardized testing (i.e. PSSA and Keystone Exams) has its place in education, it should not be the sole indicator of success and effectiveness. Unfortunately, standardized testing is now the driving force behind public education and it is how schools are now being judged.

Kudos to those who have the courage to do what they feel is best! Good luck, Gina!

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