December 2013 Archives

This post is by an anonymous guest blogger. A long-time reader and university professor, the author sent me this post to explain why so many minority teaching candidates are recruited to study education but never actually become certified teachers. One might say they are set up to fail.

Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which teachers rise up and take control of the leadership of their profession. Thanks to emerging national teacher voice organizations, we may be on the verge of an exciting new chapter in education reform.

I gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Nov. 20, 2013, and a day later I watched a sick baby girl turn blue. 'Nurse Rita' did all she could to save the child's life, and in the process she forever educated me and the dozen parents who were in that hospital nursery. The incident taught me what it looks like to put your whole heart into your profession.


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