Gainesville Times | Getting students “life ready” should be a high priority for public schools, and new opportunities for students and teachers are paving that path, according to Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
“You hear a lot about being college and career ready, but, for myself, it is about being life ready,” Woods told Gainesville Rotary Club members this week. “I think that’s more inclusive for what we want for our children. For our young people who step into a new phase of life (after high school), we want them to be prepared to take on that next challenge.”
Woods said Senate Bill 364, which was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, has given freedom to teachers by reducing the number of mandated state tests.
“Parents realize education is more than just taking a test,” he said. “During that No Child Left Behind era (George W. Bush administration), what education became across the nation and across our state was all about the test.
“We actually dehumanized one aspect we were really good at, and that’s personal relationships in education,” he added. “That part of personalizing education goes a long way.”
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Georgia's State School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio