OPEN LETTER ABOUT NEW YORK STATE'S P-2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS

OPEN LETTER ABOUT NEW YORK STATE’S P-2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS

A Call for a Moratorium

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On November 10, more than 300 ECE teachers, education professors; superintendents; pediatricians; developmental and cognitive scientists; and advocates for the whole child sent a letter to New York State’s Education Department and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Childhood cannot not be standardized, we said! Many PreK-2nd grade teachers—from NY and as far away as Shanghai—signed on, and Politico NY covered this breaking news in an exclusive story.

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This past summer, Peter Rawitsch, a first-grade teacher in Albany County, examined the standards for PreK through 2nd Grade. He was worried. “Our children deserve a childhood,” he said.

In August, Peter published an op-ed at the Albany Times Union. He and his colleagues had been treated like amateurs, he wrote, hastily pushed to decisions—without  substantive discussion. As a result, the New York State Education Department agreed to establish a PreK-2nd Grade task force for further deliberations.

Just as NYSED posted the draft standards for public comment, Peter called for a moratorium on the PreK-2nd Grade ELA standards until the needs of our children are addressed, and the work of the task force is completed. He’s jump-started a conversation about a new accountability for the whole child, and greater transparency for NYSED.

We hope that you’ll take action with us. Please read and sign the open letter, and share it with your networks using the hashtag: #LetKidsBKids.

Thank you for all that you do!

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