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View Diary: The problem with NBC's Education Nation -  where are the voices of parents and teachers? (279 comments)

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  •  I understand your difficulty (22+ / 0-)

    I know several important organizations that are funded in part by Gates.  These are good efforts.  Not all that Gates does is wrong, nor do they insist on micromanaging everything -  my impression is that Broad is more more of a micromanager when it gives funds.

    That means they have a tightrope to walk when criticizing certain things with which they disagree that are also funded by Gates.

    I am a member of at least one such organization.  That organization will sometime put up publicly things I write, especially when I review books.   But I am then speaking only for myself, and it is one point of view, not representative of the organization per se.

    I wish you well, and hope you will continue to urge including the voices of teachers.

    Many teachers want nothing to do with anything beyond their responsibilities within their classrooms, or maybe at a department or school level.

    Understandable, since that can be all consuming.

    My view is somewhat different.

    I clearly see the impact of decisions made outside upon my ability to meet the needs of and fulfill my professional responsibilities to my students.  I feel an obligation to try to make sure that the concerns I have and that I perceive from others (not always the same) are appropriately communicated.

    I do not claim to represent all teachers, not even all the teachers in my building for whom I am now again union rep.

    I do think what I offer is what is felt and believed by the majority of teachers with whom I have contact or about whose opinions I am informed.  

    So I keep at it.

    Peace.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 05:38:29 AM PDT

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