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My Message to the Badass Association of Teachers, by Diane Ravitch

 

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

My Message to the Badass Association of Teachers.

A letter from Diane Ravitch.  The things Diane says here apply to all teachers fighting creeping (and sometimes sprinting) reforms in education:

Dear Members of the Badass Teachers Association,

I am honored to join your group.

The best hope for the future of our society, of public education, and of the education profession is that people stand up and resist.

Say “no.” Say it loud and say it often.

Teachers must resist, because you care about your students, and you care about your profession. You became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of children, not to take orders and obey the dictates of someone who doesn’t know your students.

Parents must resist, to protect their children from the harm inflicted on them by high-stakes testing.

Administrators must resist, because their job is changing from that of coach to enforcer of rules and regulations. Instead of inspiring, supporting, and leading their staff, they are expected to crack the whip of authority.

School board members must resist, because the federal government is usurping their ability to make decisions that are right for their schools and their communities.

Students must resist because their education and their future are being destroyed by those who would force them to be judged solely by standardized tests.

 

via My Message to the Badass Association of Teachers.

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2 thoughts on “My Message to the Badass Association of Teachers, by Diane Ravitch

  1. Well said, don’t listen to the union either – haven’t seen them in my classroom seeing what I actually do in a day!!! There’s a GERM if there was ever one!!!

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    Posted by J Williams | July 7, 2013, 2:32 pm
  2. Wow, that could have been written by any teacher in the UK! What is wrong with the world? Fortunately I am now retired so no longer have to get angry at the blatant lack of understanding and trust shown to teachers by politicians, press and increasingly, society at large. Oh yes and I was an active union rep at my school…and a good teacher, two mutually compatible roles!

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    Posted by Alan Green | July 7, 2013, 9:14 pm

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