Get Your Poem On/ 20 Thank You, Maya Angelou

Last October, Maya Angelou lovingly used her standing in society for the children.  She wrote a letter to President Obama regarding the landscape of education.  I am grateful.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/22/top-authors-including-maya-angelou-urge-obama-to-curb-standardized-testing/

I work with adult students as some of you know.  They are trying to complete their basic education which was interrupted for a variety of reasons.  Ultimately, they are hoping to be able to pass the exam required to receive their high school equivalency diploma.  A new test has been put out there, and it is a disaster.  The main issue is it went from being created by a not-for-profit educational testing service to for-profit corporations whose mission is to make money.  This is deadly to the integrity of education.  Readers, I respectfully request that you read and sign the following petition to the State Education Department.

http://www.change.org/petitions/adult-career-and-continuing-education-services-ny-state-education-dept-new-yorkers-deserve-a-fair-high-school-equivalency-hse-exam?recruiter=28901425&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thank you so much.  This is so important.

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About Mindy Matijasevic

Writer of nonfiction prose and poetry; actress; comic; adult basic education instructor. The name of this blog was inspired by a former student, Camille Williams, who once, in a conversation, used the phrase "get my learn on." I loved it, and it stuck in my head.
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