In the current climate of teacher bashing, increased standardized testing, and the push to evaluate teachers by student test scores, it is imperative that teachers, families, and students stand up and say, “Enough!” Although there may be individual projects many of us are engaged in to stop the tide of mediocrity and the destruction of public education, there are two projects that need and deserve all of our support now. First, teachers stand tall in defense of our profession and for the welfare of our students by signing the declaration of professional Conscience for Teachers at the change.org petition site. Encourage your school to become a School of Professional Conscience when your faculty votes to endorse the Declaration.
And, while you’re at it join the following cause on Facebook and make your voice heard beyond the confines of your school site. We are teachers, family members and students devoted to defending public schools. We are organizing for a national march and conference to be held in Washington, DC, July 28 to 31, 2011. Mark your calendar and volunteer to make this march reverberate through the land.
Equitable funding for all public school communities.
End to high stakes testing for student, teacher, and school evaluation.
Curriculum developed for and by local school communities.
Teacher and community leadership in forming public education policies.