OPEN LETTER ABOUT NEW YORK STATE’S P-2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS
A Call for a Moratorium
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.
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.
Thank you for all that you do!