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Amberly Hurst

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

My name is Amberly and I’m a second semester college student at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying music education. As part of my education philosophy class I was asked to research and present about you and your education philosophies. I have delved into your blog entries and articles for the Huffington Post and I’ve been so impressed and appreciative of all that I’ve learned. I think that you have the right ideas about education and what is really happening in schools. Speaking as one who recently graduated from public education, I can see the problems firsthand that have stemmed from No Child Left Behind and it’s clear that they won’t go away by threatening to fire teachers etc. My mom is a public educator and this year is serving as a teacher on special assignment–basically an assistant principal in our local elementary school. I shared some of your articles with her and we’ve really enjoyed gaining a better understanding of what is going on in our government regarding education.

I have to be honest, as I learn about the corruption and dysfunction happening in education right now, it’s scary to be going into that field, especially where music education is taking such a backseat in importance. But I truly want to be a teacher because I recognize that being an educator is more than forcing students to reach a certain status in order to obtain the most money. I hope that I will someday be in a position to influence the lives of the students I teach, help them grow and develop as people. As many problems as education has right now, and regardless of the downward spiral that seems to be occurring, I believe that there will always be a need for good teachers, and I hope that I can live up to standard that kids need, no matter what the government decides. I wish that the people making these decisions could see that.

Thank you for your inspiration and dedication.

Amberly Hurst