My summer vacation began on June 13 and Diane Ravitch has started blogging. What's the connection? Well, every morning when I open my email, there are about 4-7 posts from Diane Ravitch. She doesn't send them to me personally. But, being a person who wants to know what's going on in the realm of education, besides the latest edtech tool, hers is one of the blogs I subscribe to.
Here's the thing though. Every time I open one of her posts, and begin to read, I get angry, frustrated, and outraged at what is happening around this country regarding education! My stomach gets tied up in knots, I shake my head repeatedly, I talk to the "ed reformers" Diane refers to (and I am not saying nice things either),and the word "What?" "What?" spews from my mouth repeatedly!(You should have seen me when I read the one about Bill Gates and the bracelet!)
I love teaching. I love engaging my students, discussing parent involvement, learning about the latest edtech tools, developing cool lesson plans, and all the warm and fuzzy that goes with teaching.
But we, as educators have to wake up to the cold, hard, fact, that education is a-changing, no, it's changed. We can't hide in our classrooms, and pretend that everything is right with the world because it's okay in our classrooms, schools, district, or state.
Do you know how many teachers I talk to that don't have a clue about ed reform, and what it means for ALL teachers? Not just the teachers in New Orleans, New York, Chicago, and Wisconsin, all of us! What affects a group of teachers in one state, will eventually come down the proverbial pike.
Reading Diane's blog, has opened my eyes, even wider, to what's going on in the edusphere. We are being ripped apart. Educators are the bain of existence,we are the cause of all things wrong with education!
Why have educators suddenly been demonized? How did we go from the most respected profession to this? (And not everyone feels this way about us, by the way) Think of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but in this case, substitute Kevin Bacon with the word MONEY.
Why have charter schools? Standardized testing? Larger class sizes? Government control of schools? Someone discovered that you can make money off of education. They began yelling to anyone who would listen, "We need to hold teachers accountable!", and here we are now. (Okay, I admit, that's my version of events.)
Educators, we have to stand up. It's not just someone else's problem. We can't turn a blind eye, and pretend we don't see it. And if we are not aware of the problems, then become informed. Do you have to agree with everything you read? Certainly not! But, be informed. Be ready to fight for the rights of others! Do what you can, comment on a post, write to a government official, tweet, sign petitions, make your voice heard!
And as for me, I am going to help where I can, and I am going to continue to read Diane Ravitch's blogs!