By Ray Pinney
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone else that their path is wrong.”
I was at a meeting of board members and administrators and I remember a person asking a legislator about Common Core, PARCC and teacher evaluations. The person blended the terms together as if they were one. While the three are interrelated, they are separate issues. At that moment I stopped thinking about education and started thinking about climbing a mountain. Let me explain.
A while back, when I turned 50, I had a minor midlife crisis. I decided that I wanted to do something physical to prove to myself that I was not getting old. (That is something I am unsuccessfully trying to prove every day.) So I looked up mountains to climb that were within a reasonable geographic distance. After my research, I settled on Mount Katahdin in Maine. But I soon found that selecting my mountain was only one step. Next I had to decide which trail I would take to reach my goal. For that, I took out a map and discussed the options with my climbing partners.
In New Jersey, education reform is our mountain to climb and there are three phases to it. Read the rest of this entry »