If would-be teachers are going to dedicate years and considerable financial resources into preparing themselves, then take and pass a bar exam, they're going to expect professional salaries and respect. They're going to want control over their own work.

One way for teachers to take control of the reform dialogue is to tell their stories.

Thanks, Garfield teachers. Know that your courage isn't wasted on your teaching colleagues around the nation.

Do we have to start with the conviction that public education has failed, before we can transform or improve, regenerate or revitalize a fully public system?

Unlike some enterprises, school security is an investment in people, relationships, trust and respect. It's not for sale.

Kids today view music as a product to be consumed. It never seems to cross their mind that they might actually create some music themselves.

Teachers do what they're told to do for a more important reason than losing gainful employment. The goal is to change the system, not to elevate your personal viewpoints.

It is time we made schools community centers where everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Let's re-affirm our conviction that public schools, whether they be in the leafy suburbs, northern woods or gritty urban centers, are places of hope and caring. Let's sing songs of joy and peace.

Some teachers work in a parallel universe, where access to control over their own work and well-being is determined through winning over a succession of principals--a dicey business.

The opinions expressed in Teacher in a Strange Land are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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