Nancy’s article for the Huffington Post is trending:

[quote style=”boxed”]It’s time we stopped talking about the failure of teachers and their unions. Instead of pitting public schools against charters and vouchers, we’ve all got to take an unvarnished look at the gorilla in the room: poverty. We must change the conversation. It’s not that spending money on education is a bad investment; it’s where and how that money is spent that’s the problem. The sorry fact is that all of the money we have spent educating our poorest students never makes up the difference when poor kids begin school with 14,000 fewer vocabulary words. We can never make up for some kids having no books at home or no one to read to them. [/quote]

Read “The Gorilla Speaks” here.

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About The Author

Nancy Letts

Nancy Letts consults with school districts, professional organizations and public sector agencies.Her teaching appointments have included public schools in Pennsylvania and New York, and at Pace University and the City University of New York. She and her work have been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Teaching K-8 Magazine, Thinking: the Journal of Philosophy for Children, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” She has been a contributor to the Teachers College Record, The Quarterly at UC Berkeley, and Teaching magazine. Audio tapes include”Building Learning Organizations,” and “Getting Started With Portfolios,” from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her book "Creating the Caring Classroom" is published by Scholastic Professional Books.

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