An excellent article from a teacher who made the very tough decision to leave the profession. What can parents do to inspire teachers to stay? What if our teachers could find their voice to stand up against the federal and state impositions without fear of losing their jobs? As parents, our paycheck isn’t connected to our protest. Isn’t it our responsibility to speak up? Someone has to. And maybe eventually teachers and parents can stand together against the mandates.
For the last few days on our Facebook and Twitter feed we’ve been seeing a lot of buzz surrounding the Cleveland Plan, specifically the suggestion that Teach for America is aggressively replacing experienced teachers with fast-tracked, less experienced ones.
As parents new on the horizon of the state of public education, we wanted to know just “what is wrong with Teach for America?” The short answer is that it’s yet another program great in theory but damaging in implementation.
Replacing seasoned teachers with less experienced ones is, once again, promoting the idea that education is failing and teachers are the problem. PARENTS, WAKE UP! TEACHERS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM.
Corporate Education Reform is the problem.
Parents getting educated, standing up, and using their voices are the answer.
Teachers are having their livelihoods tied to test scores and toeing the line. We don’t have the same restrictions. It’s our duty as parents to speak up for our kids and their teachers.
So, you’ve started to get informed. You’re gathering information and concerned about public education. You’ve heard the call. Now what?
Get involved locally:
Get involved state-wide:
Contact the Ohio Department of Education.
Write to Peggy Lehner, Montgomery County’s district 6 Senator and Chair of the Senate Education Committee.
Contact Governor John Kasich.
Contact Congressman Mike Turner, who represents Montgomery County.
Get involved with the UCC’s Justice in Education Mission.
Like Save Ohio Schools on Facebook.
Get involved nationally:
Contact Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education.
Follow and sign petitions with the Network for Public Education.
Join and sign petitions with Parents Across America.