Teachers, individually, are caught between a rock and a murky place when it comes to politics.
Choice isn't the answer to building a vision of a high-quality, personally tailored, democratic education for every child in America. Nor is it evil incarnate. It's a distraction from the conversation we should be having about improving public education in America.
If we as a nation want to address the dropout crisis, we must address discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. This is a critical first step to keeping these young women in school and securing a better future for them and their children.
I don't believe teachers should abdicate their roles as rule-setters, formal leaders of the classroom pack. Especially new teachers, who haven't yet established an authoritative, authentic teacher-persona.
The vote is all most of us have. The single ballot may seem a tiny drop in an ocean of dishonesty and greed, but the power is in the collective. We call that democracy, and giving up even a tiny piece of it is wrong.
In my mind, Bill Gates is buying off excellence developed on the public dime, making teachers an offer they can't refuse.
I want to make that kind of difference for all students in the state of Michigan. Currently I see no other way to be able to make that difference for students in my state of Michigan than to become a state legislator.
In the messy world of school reform, it's hard to find people who are ideologically pure.
Let's dispense with "filling in"-- putting a variable-quality surrogate in when the teacher must be gone. Everyone who teaches a child should be considered a real teacher and bring real, vetted skills to the table.
Of course, before they begin testing, no one asks at what grade level they are currently functioning. They are all expected to function at grade level or above no matter how many different teachers they had the year before or what their own struggles were just to get to school each day.