I’ve handwritten and sent the following to both of my senators. Feel free to share, reproduce, and do the same. Dear Senators, Last week, I took time out of my 30-minute lunch to watch you vote to confirm Elisabeth DeVos as our next Secretary of Education. Since she was nominated, I was wary. I gathered… Continue reading An open letter to my Republican senators
There’s a growing trend to want to treat schools as businesses – from pay-for-performance evaluations and ratings systems to the redesign and restructuring of districts and central offices, teachers are the line or office workers, and principals and superintendents are the bosses and CEOs. Before this goes any further, I want to point out a… Continue reading 3 reasons we can’t treat schools as businesses
“I am much more in favor of a college education than a college degree.” – study desk in my college library Disclaimer: I say this as someone coming from a place of great privilege. I went to college for the education, not for the degree. I know that not everyone has that luxury. But after… Continue reading College for all?
While at dinner with friends last night, a problem that I often pore over came up: that of teacher preparation. I’d like to offer a disclaimer before I go any further in this post: I was not adequately prepared my first year of teaching. That led to many tears on my part…and probably on the… Continue reading 5 things that would fix teacher prep programs – or would they?
Teaching is unique. I can think of no other profession as influential as education. Sure, accountants are important. Lawyers and judges can affect millions with a single decision. The person responsible for making sure that the sewer pipes stay unclogged absolutely deserves our respect. But without teachers, none of those people would exist. Even the… Continue reading The limited influence of teachers; or, why I’m starting this blog