Diane\'s Blog

Mia Anderson

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

Thank you so much for fighting the good fight for the sake of education.  I’m a 32 year teacher in San Antonio, Texas, and a fellow alumna of Teachers College.  I have been teaching for the past 7 years, starting off in New York, then in Dayton, OH, and now in San Antonio.  Since the beginning I have felt/seen the injustice in the education system, and have never met anyone who feels, or who has felt, as passionately as me on the subject.  When I read your articles, and listen to you speak, it seems as though you take the words right out of my mouth.  I desperately want the system to change, especially now that my 5 year old is going to public school.

For the past 6 years I was a music teacher, but because of the budget crisis in Texas I decided to get certified in Special Education.  In music there is more of a freedom to teach what you like, to be creative, and to have fun, but it’s quite an unstable job.  Now that I am in Special Education, as a 4th grade Co-Teacher in an inclusion classroom, I feel the strains of what classroom teachers go through on a daily basis.  It’s very difficult to attend meetings, and to make plans at my school, knowing that what drives us is the state test.  There is a moral struggle going on inside of me that will not go away.  If I talk about my feelings, and moral struggles, I feel as though people think I’m crazy, or that I’m right, but that there’s nothing we can do.

I’m not going to give up. I talk about you, and Finland.  I even gave your book to my principal, but she hasn’t read it yet.  Hopefully I’ll get it back from her, and one day get it signed by you.

Thank you again for your efforts. Please keep up the good work.

Sincerely,

Mia Anderson