To the Editor:
What this country needs is a transformation of the K-12 public school system, because the current system is a disgrace.
Our public school systems have been taken over by politicians, policymakers, lawmakers, and the like. These people are not professional educators. In my opinion, a professional educator has a master’s degree in education and 25 years’ experience teaching in our public school system. Under this definition, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is not a professional educator, and I believe he should be replaced by someone who is.
Until we establish a union of professional educators charged with the development and maintenance of the K-12 curriculum, standards, and teacher evaluations, we will continue to be ranked as below average in the world by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development through its Program for International Student Assessment.
A version of this article appeared in the September 18, 2013 edition of Education Week as Curriculum by Union Educators Would Make for Better Schools