So while there is a great deal of rhetoric and chest thumping about how important teacher quality is, the activities that are so important to improving that quality have been diminished

Feeling powerless is demoralizing, and it makes teachers even less effective.

Our educational system is waltzing with a crowd of reformers who have the hubris to think they know a cure to every ill

A teacher asks: "How many students will have to suffer through this disruption of their education? How much longer?"

Pupils show greater motivation, are better behaved and are more likely to be independent and strategic thinkers when teachers are not obsessed by grades

The days of saying, "NO!" or for securing a seat at someone else's table are over. It's time to set our own educational reform agenda.

Would we trust the Times to do a value-added analysis of brain surgery, with reporters critiquing surgical procedures?

Is a seat at the table an end in itself? What if our students and colleagues are on the menu?

We who are pendulum pushers are hanging on, holding our ground, and continuing to push back. The time has come for the pendulum to start moving the other way.

I worked just as hard at Clear Creek as I did White Bluffs, so why was I under performing at Clear Creek and high performing at White Bluffs?


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