The Civil Rights of the Whole Child for a Whole Education

The Civil Rights of the Whole Child for a Whole Education

Lily Eskelsen García

2.2.2015

Lily Eskelsen García

Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators — she is the first Latina to lead the NEA and one of the country’s most influential Hispanic educators. She is a vocal critic of the standardized testing movement and has raised alarms on the outsized role that testing is playing in public education: taking over the time students spend in the classroom, being used as a weapon against their teachers, and distracting from the real problem of inequality.

Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators — she is the first Latina to lead the NEA and one of the country’s most influential Hispanic educators. She is a vocal critic of the standardized testing movement and has raised alarms on the outsized role that testing is playing in public education: taking over the time students spend in the classroom, being used as a weapon against their teachers, and distracting from the real problem of inequality.