Member Meeting

Beyond the Assembly Line

11:30 AM

MotorCity Casino Hotel

Lily Eskelsen García


National Education Association

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National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García addressed the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, December 16th, 2014, on why we must reject a “fill-in-the-blanks” approach to education in favor of policies that nurture creative thinking and meet the needs of the “whole child.”

A primary focus was the ineffectiveness of the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM), which advocates uniformity in education and a heavy emphasis on standardized testing. García said, “My heart has been broken by the GERM, and I have spent decades fighting it. What has perhaps changed is that we at the National Education Association – our state affiliates like the Michigan Education Association, our local affiliates – we, as educators who love children, are focused on what we are fighting for. As educators, we know in our broken hearts that whole-child education that humanizing education, expanding educational expectations and opportunities beyond what can fit on a standardized bubble sheet, beyond the GERM, beyond even what Horace Mann envisioned, that is how we will transform lives.”

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