What is North
Carolina Citizens for Democratic Schools?
We are a group of parents, teachers, students and community
members who believe that North Carolina's testing program harms kids.
We come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, each with our own experiences
involving the NC testing program. Together we hope to raise public
awareness of the drawbacks of standardized learning and to cause change in
the administration and use of tests in our schools.
Three basic principles guide our activities.
We seek to be broad-based, including
professionals, teachers, administrators, parents and students in our group
. We believe that all North Carolinians should have an active role
in making decisions about students in our schools.
Our focus is on creating a democratic
discourse about complex issues as a model for what should take place
in our schools. We want all people-- regardless of race, sex, social
or economic status, education or background-- to share in the conversation
about NC's schools. We don't seek simple solutions or pat answers.
We do not believe that one test or one reform will result in more learning
in North Carolina's classrooms. However, we do believe that an open
conversation and free exchange of ideas can create positive, child-centered
changes in our schools.
We should always support reflective
practice as a way to educate, both formally and informally, instead
of the simplistic and technical approach that is promoted by a massive testing
program. We need to ask ourselves key questions when proposing any
solutions: does this help or harm kids? what effect does this have on the
quality of school programs? are different abilities, interests and skills
NCCDS welcomes new members to our meetings.
Contact us for more information
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