Common “Cor” Standards—#10 of 10: Lift Every Voice

All the talk and writings and legislative proposals about the “Whole Child” and “No Child Left Behind” and the reauthorization consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Common Core State Standards and other federal and state mandates to improve teaching and learning are just so much rhetoric unless we actually have in our hearts the well-being of each and every student in equal measure to that of our own children and grandchildren. This requires that we know who is teaching each child at a personal level, which in turn requires our involvement as parents and grandparents and principals and superintendents on a direct, person-to-person level. No evaluation instrument, no matter how statistically reliable, can replace the “formative assessment” of a direct conversation with a teacher about an individual child.

In Time to Teach, Time to Learn: Changing the Pace of School, I put it this way, “Every student’s voice is as important as any other’s voice. My standard is that every voice is known and heard equally over the course of the year” (p. 291).


This is my last blog post at After nearly 300 entries, I have left behind a storehouse of opinion, resources, and references about children’s growth and development and the classroom climate and culture that best suits them at different ages. I hope that this information has been and will continue to be useful to parents and teachers alike.

I would like to especially thank Elizabeth Nash for her editorial assistance throughout the several years of this venture. I’m also grateful for the support of Mary Beth Forton, Jen Audley, and numerous others in the publications department of Northeast Foundation for Children.

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In the spirit of children, best wishes.

Chip Wood


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  1. chip says:

    Thanks to all for your kind words and thoughts. Your good work for children is deeply appreciated. Keep on keeping on.

  2. Katie Johnson says:

    Dear Chip,
    Many thanks for your strength of purpose and your insights all these years. Our paths will cross again.

  3. Kathleen Sharp says:

    I have just recently found your blog and have found it very confirming of my own beliefs in education. I have found something very interesting. In the past year I have interviewed for several teaching positions. At the end of the interviews when I was told that I was not “a good fit,” I have asked for feedback about what would have been a better fit. Every time the answer has been the same. “We are convinced of your passion for the students, you just need to know the curriculum better.” Baffling to me and then not considering what I have seen in education.

    I am sorry to see that I have just found the blog and now you will not have it. I don’t know the reasons. Just know that in this short time I have been encouraged that I am not on the wrong track.

    Bless you in your next endeavor.

  4. Beth Blanchard says:

    Dear Chip,
    I, too, will miss your opinions, insights, and wisdom about children and what’s important to be included in their education and nurturing. Hope you will continue to find other forums for sharing! Your voice is essential to be listened to these days.

  5. Sherry says:

    Dear Chip,
    I know I speak for so many educators and parents when I say that we will miss your blog very much. I have come to rely on your insightful views, your expertise of child development, and your awesome network of experts in our field. Thank you for your love and respect of our field. You are my hero!
    Sherry Wood
    No Relation

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