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  •  I love love love that Mullen bit. EVERY teacher (8+ / 0-)

    should have that memorized, especially when they go to state meetings or panel discussions of "reform" and they open up the floor for questions.

    Have hundreds and thousands of teachers saying the same things and maybe, JUST maybe, people will start to listen.

    Or at least squirm a little.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:26:40 PM PST

    •  sadly Mullen's experience is very telling (9+ / 0-)

      for one thing, he decided not to continue in speaking out after his year NTOY - he was somewhat burned by the experience

      of equal importance, if the National Teacher of the Year will not be taken seriously by those making policy, we have a real problem, and it may be time for civil disobedience or its equivalent to show how bad things are.

      One should follow Diane Ravitch's blog as something essential to keep track of all that is going on.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:30:14 PM PST

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      Teachers Should Be Seen and Not Heard

      It begins:

      I am a fly on the wall sitting at a table. Seated at a round table are three state governors, one state senator, a Harvard professor and author, and a strange little man who assumes the role of group moderator. The strange little man asks the group to talk about their experiences at the education conference. The ex governor from the South begins to talk about how the traditional school model is not working and the problem of too many teachers who do not understand what they teach. Teachers, he complains, are not prepared to teach in 21st century classrooms because they possess, in his words, "only 20th century skills." He does not provide specific examples or elaborate upon his theory but the other guests at the table nod their heads in agreement.
      Like Ken's two (excellent) pieces, Mullen's is w/out a doubt worth the read.

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      by A Siegel on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:40:51 AM PST

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