His last day of school, after 33 years

Ron Maggiano (By Calvin Wilder) Ron Maggiano (By Calvin Wilder)

Thursday is Ron Maggiano’s last day of school after a 33-year award-winning teaching career.

Maggiano is a social studies teacher at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County but is retiring, four years away from full retirement, because he feels he can no longer participate in the standardized test-obsessed environment that now drives public education. (He wrote about it in a letter I recently published.)

He just wrote a short letter on the Web site called Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates. Here’s that letter:

 Dear Bill and Melinda,

I have quit teaching because I can no longer cooperate with the standardized testing regime that is destroying creativity and innovation in our schools. Today was my last day. Here is my story:

Award-winning Virginia teacher: ‘I can no longer cooperate’ with testing regime



Ron Maggiano

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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