Ralph Ratto: Choosing Between My Students and the Institution

Diane Ravitch's blog

Ralph Ratto is an elementary teacher in New York. He wrote a tweet during testing time. A principal—not his own—saw the tweet and reported him. He was in trouble. 

He wrote the following open letter to the anonymous principal who turned him in.

An open letter to the principal who chose the Institution over the kids.

Dear principal who chose to remain anonymous,

Every year I watch my students struggle with abusive assessments that provide me, as their teacher, with useless data. Every year the test is administered in the Spring just as allergy season  is in full swing. Every year my students must suffer through this test while leaf blowers, jets, garbage trucks and traffic create an annoying din that makes concentration difficult, especially with those of my students with ADHD, severe allergies and other issues that affect their learning. And yes, every year my students perform better than…

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