This is what "reform" has done; it has transformed our dream school into a nightmare.
Way too much of what passes for dialogue and scholarship around teachers' professional work has been managed, packaged and sold as authentic. It's not teacher leadership or advocacy. It's slick marketing, using the friendly faces of teachers.
We need a national conversation on the kind of public education system that will best serve all our children.
What would happen if we turned the Mackinac Policy Conference over to the people who do the actual work of educating? Just for one year...
I thank those who served and sacrificed so I can love my country, and criticize it, too. A hat tip to all the band teachers and student musicians who help make Memorial Day meaningful this weekend.
It's a fine line between being creative to meet kids' needs and seeing education as open marketplace.
Thinking about packets (and their progenitor, worksheets) and why educators speak of them in the same tone Jerry Seinfeld uses for "Newman."
What do teachers really want? Influence. Respect. To have their expertise taken seriously and vlaued in the creation of education policies and programs.
Secret groups to fix problems in education are not democratic. Nor are they innovative.
Self-analysis is--explicitly--what we hope all teachers will do, and what good teaching "looks like."