The best of the best of 2014: Public school teachers

And when they're blogging teachers, well. It doesn't get much better than that:

In the midst of a staggering assault on public education, with their integrity, judgment, reputation, and ability under attack by everyone from corporate stooges to the US Secretary of Education, and, in many areas, with their job security under direct assault by people who don't know what the hell they're talking about, while powerful forces worked to dismantle the very institutions and ideals that they have devoted their lives to-- in the middle of all that, millions of teachers went to work and did their jobs.

When so many groups were slandering us and our own political leaders were giving us a giant middle finger, we squared our shoulders and said, "Well, dammit, I've got a job to do, and if even if I've got to go in there and do it with my bare hands in a hailstorm, I'm going to do it." And we did.

And we owe you folks a debt of gratitude that could never be adequately repaid. But what we can do, is to continue to stand with teachers here in NC, whether it's a Moral Monday gathering, e-mails or phone calls to lawmakers, or simply attending a state or local school board meeting. That's not too much to ask, and the payoff is incalculable.



We need more teachers to

We need more teachers to start blogging.
And we need to get our media outlets to have real, classroom teachers as a part of every discussion on education.

Thank you for posting this. It is encouraging on a lot

of levels.

The really disappointing thing is that it's the FUTURE the ignorant politicians and profiteers are pissing on.
Your point is well taken; teachers need to get more political and outspoken.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Thanks to you and to teachers

Thanks for sharing this piece and for telling it like it is. And, thanks for teacher-bloggers who, while remaining committed to their often thankless jobs (no one deserves to have their elected officials, of all people, denigrate them professionally), are increasingly speaking up, challenging bold-faced lies, and advocating for better education in this country.