My name is Sarah Blaine. I’m a 40-something practicing attorney in northern New Jersey. I’m also the mom to a pair of beautiful daughters who attend our local public elementary schools. Before I went to law school, I earned an M.A.T. in Secondary English and taught high school English in western Maine for a couple of years. Although I’ve been out of the classroom since shortly before NCLB became a thing, I have strong opinions about teaching, learning, and education policy.
If I had to boil my philosophy down, I’d say that I believe that we can do better by our kids by listening to and respecting advice from our front-line classroom teachers. I believe that our schools should be dedicated to instilling love of reading, joy in learning, creating broad-based interdisciplinary and experiential projects, and developing kids’ imagination and curiosity through meaningful experiences with music, the arts, and experiment-based science (i.e., pretty much the opposite of every trend pushed by the “education reform” movement, especially the trend toward more and more insane standardized testing). Most critically, I believe that we as taxpayers pay for public education to ensure that our nation’s children are prepared for engaged and responsible citizenship. I try to do my part by contributing to the education policy debate at a local, state, and national level. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world.