As I observe the debates in education in the Great State of Maine, I think the time is ripe to present a coherent alternative viewpoint to that presented by Steve Bowen et.al. He is positioning himself as the great reformer and those who don't get on the Common Core/Proficiency-Based Education train are gonna get left behind.
Opposition to high-stakes testing is our rallying cry, but there is much more to talk about. There are people throughout the state who are dissatisfied with the education their children and grandchildren and neighbors are receiving. There is common ground between us, even if we disagree on points of pedagogy or finance.
You know what I mean; one of those big ol' conferences with concurrent workshops and plenary sessions and hobnobbing in hallways and getting excited about creating an education system that truly puts the value of each child at the center, relegating all else to the back seat.
Do we think we can make something like this happen?