July 05, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Guilford’s efforts

Diana Bowley’s Jan. 6 story on school reform efforts in SAD 4 in Guilford should not go unnoticed by the general public but I am afraid it may.

Consider this quote of text from the December 1997 NEA NOW!, a newsletter sent out to local teacher associations throughout the United States:

“On November 20, (1997) the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future released its report, `Doing What Matters Most: Investing in Quality Teaching.’ This is the latest in a 10-year series the Commission has been publishing about the importance of teachers and teaching. The report is blunt.

“The education, community, and business leaders on the Commission conclude, after years of research, that an impasse has been reached in school reform: Most schools and teachers cannot move forward in reaching the goals of new educational standards. Not because they are unwilling, but because they don’t know how and the systems they work in don’t support their efforts to do so.”

Apparently, Guilford has unlocked secrets the rest of the country needs to consider in its quest for improving learning. I hope the Bangor Daily News takes the time and space to enlighten us in detail as to what’s going on over there so we can all see for ourselves and decide if it could be useful in our own communities. Peter J. Lucas Lincoln


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