The following is an open letter regarding the recent appointments to Fallin’s cabinet, most especially Dr. Robert Sommers. Reposted with permission. Author’s name removed for anonymity.
“Parents, Teachers, and anyone interested in Public Education in Oklahoma:
This is terrifying.
Let’s begin with being told that we aren’t prepared for the “tsunami of Change” coming our way as teachers. That’s never good.
Also, here is a description of an article describing how Sommers’ “Carpe Diem” school works.
‘Over 200 cubicles — not desks — fill this modern version of a one-room schoolhouse on a quiet side street here in Yuma, a desert city near the Mexican and California borders. All students wear uniforms and have a cubicle, with their own computer, which they decorate with sketches or band stickers instead of a typical office worker’s family photos.’
The students have class 4 days a week – a mix of computer programs and workshops. There are 5 teachers and 4 teacher aides.’
Is this what you want for your kids? I haven’t dedicated my life to my profession to be a computer monitor. Is that the kind of impersonal learning you want?? What about problem solving? What about discovery? What about asking questions and working through your misunderstandings to gain a deeper understanding? What about face-to-face, eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart learning, having a relationship with one’s teacher?
Folks, tell me this isn’t what you want. Tell Governor Fallin it isn’t what you want. Tell her now, and tell her again when it’s election time. This can’t be where we end up. THIS IS NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR CHILDREN. This is not what is best for our state.
Please – send her a letter. Give her a phone call. I can tell you this: she doesn’t listen to educators. She has ignored our pleas, she has silenced our representatives at State Board of Education meetings, she has refused to hear the concerns of more than 300 district superintendents when they gathered together in OKC. It’s going to take a lot of voices, not just ours.
PLEASE. Contact Governor Fallin. We need all the help we can get to survive the tsunami. What a metaphor. Have you ever heard of a tsunami that made things better?
The Office of Governor Mary Fallin
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Local: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353
Tulsa Office of Governor Mary Fallin
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 304
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
Phone (918) 581-2801
Fax (918) 581-2835
The bottom two links are forms on her sites to submit comments or questions. I can’t find an email anywhere. Does that tell you anything?”