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Education, GERM (Global Education Reform Movement), Good Teaching, Protest - Have a Voice, Standardised Tests, Teachers' Own Words, USA Schools

A teacher begs you “Please, educate yourself – have a voice.”

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am your child’s teacher.  My role as educator extends far beyond the walls of my classroom.  It is my profession, what I practice.  

……

I ask you this:

My life’s work.  The countless hours I spend with your child presenting new material, creating on-going formative assessments that are authentic and based on your student’s individual needs at a given moment in time, the active learning and knowledge-construction happening in my classroom on a daily basis, the time I spend creating lessons which require students to build upon and re-evaluate prior knowledge and the work that reflects the relationship that I have worked diligently to foster with your student:  is it worth putting all of this hard-won expertise on the back-burner so that someone can divert money intended for your child?

test paperThe person your child is and how he/she learns and grows cannot be gauged by an answer bubbled onto a sheet of paper.  Your student deserves my full expertise, not a narrowed curriculum and hours devoted to my teaching to the test.  My colleagues and I deserve to be freed from the negative impact that the calculated teacher-bashing and union-bashing is having on our profession…because it is calculated, and by this point I don’t think I need to tell you by whom.

So please, educate yourself.   Have a voice in this issue….

Read the whole shebang here – trust me, you really should – it’s a good ‘un.

or better still, watch the video and hear Christine read her letter…

She says what so many, many of us are thinking.

~Dianne

 

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