Anthony Cody Speaks in Georgia: High Stakes Tests Are Lowering Expectations for Students and Teachers
By Joseph Ray Lavine.
Brandon: Who’s influenced you the most in your life?Vidal: My principal, Ms. Lopez.Brandon: How has she influenced you?Vidal: When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.