Open Letter to Teachers Unions, Professional Organizations, and Teacher Education

09 Dec

dr. p.l. (paul) thomas

After speaking and guiding a workshop recently, I was struck by some distinct impressions I witnessed among several hundred educators.

First, although teachers and educational leaders coming to a conference are a skewed subset of teachers, I was impressed with their passion for teaching but more so for their students.

However, I must add that these teachers repeatedly expressed a lack of agency as professionals; a common refrain was “I [we] can’t,” and the reasons were administration and mandates such as Common Core (or other standards) and high-stakes testing. That sense of fatalism was most often framed against these teachers clearly knowing what they would do (and better) if they felt empowered, professionally empowered, to teach from their expertise as that intersects with their students’ needs.

This experience came just two weeks after my trip to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention, this year in Washington DC—where…

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Open Letter to Teachers Unions, Professional Organizations, and Teacher Education

  1. jprealini

    December 9, 2014 at 09:09

    This describes the California Teachers Association’s and my local Sunnyvale Education Association’s response to the deluge of Common Core deformation.
    I have sent this article to my Union Representatives and requested a response.
    I await their response.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      December 9, 2014 at 09:56

      It’s time for the sleeping giant to wake up and see that the sky is falling and they have to stand and hold it up.


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