She Can’t Even Find the Pencils, People!

I have spent the last few days drinking tons of wine, crying into my pillow, shaking my fist at the sky, thinking deeply about Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education.  And what I have come up with is this:  We will not be silenced.  We will not roll over and “wait to see what happens” or “give her a chance.”  Our students don’t get another “chance” at receiving a quality education and our decisions shouldn’t be based on chance, a bunch of political donations or this ding dong’s insistence that for-profit charter schools are the way to go when there isn’t one shred of evidence to support that conclusion.

What we will do is  make our voices heard and educate Betsy DeVos and anyone else who will listen, what it means to be an educator in today’s classroom.

But first, we shall complain.  It’s part of the process, because, basic psychology.

I am so sick and tired of people who have no experience in public schools telling public school teachers how to do our jobs.  HAVE WE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT A RIDICULOUS IDEA THIS IS?  And if so, then WHY DOES IT KEEP HAPPENING?!

How can everyone (read: non-teachers) continue to blather on and on about how much respect they have for the teachers who are inspiring future generations out of one side of their mouth and then dare to tell us how to do our job or point out all the things that we are doing wrong with the other side of their mouth?  THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME.

Let me break it down for you.  It is very simple.  YOU ARE EITHER WITH US OR YOU AREN’T.  YOU SUPPORT US OR YOU DON’T.  YOU RESPECT US OR YOU CAN SHUT YOUR HOLE.

 

 

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  • Two posts in the same month! Excellent. I hope this is a sign of things to come because we could really use your voice. Public education is in a very precarious position right now and we need all the help we can get to see it through this tough time.

    Instead of closing schools and replacing them with self-selecting charters or vouchers, we need to make the public schools we have the best in the world. That will take money, time, an investment in support services where needed, and a new narrative that promotes the fact that American public schools are NOT failing, but struggling to work under conditions which often work against them.

    Because public education benefits everyone…

    February 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm

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