The purpose of this blog is to bring people "together across Seattle to fight for high quality public schools that educate all students to become passionate, lifelong learners."
For me, education is a social justice issue. In order to create more justice in the world, we need a more just and equitable education system. But I also believe we (in Seattle, in Washington and all over the world) have a moral imperative to help every student learn to their highest potential, pushing kids to grow, set goals, and grow some more. What students should learn includes academics, social skills, and how to live and work in our world.
This is my philosophy of education. My core beliefs about what education is and what it is for, shape all my other opinions about public education. The same is true for everyone else who publishes and post comments on this blog. And where our philosophies differ, our opinions are sure to clash.
I don't believe there are many absolutely "right" answers to most of the questions Seattle Public Schools is wrestling with. I do believe we can discuss these important issues with people who have different educational philosophies and different opinions, and learn new things that can alter our opinions and beliefs. And that is what this blog is for.