I want to tell you about a terrific teacher–and then invite you to watch her at work.
What to make of “Education Nation,” which took over the magnificent New York Public Library for two days earlier this week and focused a great deal of national attention on a topic most of us care about?
How do we–the collective we–feel about teachers? It’s worth surveying the surveys, especially now that there’s a new kid in town, an international (21 countries) survey of public attitudes toward teachers and teaching.
The words ‘hero’, ‘heroic’ and ‘heroism’ are overused in America, and the resulting hero/villain polarization can cause us to lose sight of all the good, decent (and flawed) people who are trying to make the world a better place. Polarization not only doesn’t move the ball forward; it’s a step backward.
Preventing tragedies like the death of Rebecca Sedwick requires more than vigilance by parents and educators. Anti-bullying campaigns can’t hurt, but unless schools are proactive in their use of technology so that the energies of young people are engaged in meaningful ways, idle hands (and thumbs) will continue to do the devil’s work.
I am done reporting about Michelle Rhee.
Dueling arguments aside, I think this school year is going to bring into bold relief some disconnects between and among various interest groups in education, starting with the Common Core.