About Me

My name is Kathy Cox. I retired as a principal in the state of Arizona  in 2009, full of thoughts and possible solutions about the state of America’s public school system. I worked for many years in the public schools in Lake Havasu City, a resort town of about 50,000 people in western Arizona along the Colorado River. I retired as a high school principal at Lake Havasu High School, which had about 2000 students. Before that I  was an elementary principal at a school with about 600 students,  and before that as an elementary teacher for many years, teaching 3rd-8th graders. For eight of those years, I taught a self-contained program for gifted 5th and 6th graders. I have seen a great deal of change in my 30+ years in public education. In my opinion, much of the change since 2001, when No Child Left Behind was implemented, has ironically diverted us from the goal to have a superior public school system that works for ALL students throughout our 50 states.  I believes that all students want to be successful in school. Throughout my career I was committed to helping students who were not motivated or who had difficulty learning. However, I believe that the last 15 years of school reform, which began  with No Child Left Behind, ironically has not succeeded in helping children who ARE behind. AND at the same time, we are neglecting our other students — those who are already prepared and motivated to work and who desire to learn — those students who are already finding success in school, those children who are NOT behind.

“I believe that with input from educators, parents, and local communities that we can eventually arrive at realistic solutions which will make it more likely that every child in America can be on the path to reaching his or her potential. By communicating together through this blog in a problem-solving fashion, we just might be able to keep the train of public education on the track before it finally derails. Please join me with your comments and your opinions. I am a person who puts my opinions out there. You won’t always agree with me. But that’s okay. If each of us communicates his or her experiences under No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, etc. we can identify where the problems lie. Without doing that, how can we possibly begin offering solutions unless we first understand the issues themselves? I believe there’s been a rush to judgment and that the federal government and state governments have put solutions into place without fully understanding the complexity of what educating children involves. We need to convince our politicians to put the brakes on so that the nation can take a breath to assess the unintended consequences of the changes brought about by NCLB and its many step-children.” (Katherine Cox, September 2016)

 

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