In a situation in which the student is concerned about abuse, neglect, or homelessness if parents are told, educators may be cautious about sharing issues of sexual orientation and gender identity with parents, writes Michigan’s state superintendent.
To teach history is not for the purpose of making anyone uncomfortable, but history may inevitably make many uncomfortable. So, too, though, the ignoring or plowing under of history leaves its own marks.
Michigan’s state school superintendent and president of the state school board argue that students shouldn’t take the typical standardized test, the M-STEP, and instead use benchmark tests that give teachers faster results.
Local schools and school districts should continue to work with the widest range of community partners—faith-based institutions, social service agencies, law enforcement, and others—to ensure that every child in each community is receiving an education.