Where are the Teachers?
A wonderful Forbes Magazine piece on teachers and professional status. There are whole paragraphs here I wish I'd written, but the seventh is the heart of it:
Should teachers be experts in the content they teach? Of course, they must. To teach young people, you have to know the material—deeply, differently, so you can unpack the ideas in many ways, for the struggling as well as the precocious. Should teachers be part of reform? Of course. Teachers are the ones who drive reform forward, not policy makers. Should teachers weigh in on issues that affect their students? It seems absurd to even ask such a question. Good teachers know their students best. When we ignore this, we make colossal mistakes, like creating bizarre testing regimes or proposing misaligned curricula.
Teacher Appreciation Week begins tomorrow, May 4th.