I didn’t think I’d get back into blogging but am so ticked off even being under-read doesn’t bother me anymore. Anyway, I read this in the Teacher College newsletter, which uses 4 pt. type or something and features long, long papers, and thought if nothing else I can enlarge it.
The piece is about the two types of success we teach at school, collective and personal, the latter trumping the former, if you get my drift. It ends:
As educational policymakers, we need to (re)define the purpose of public education towards a collective democratic ideal and reimagine what success looks like. Although we cannot completely eradicate racism and intolerance in society via public education, we need to look squarely into the face of intolerance we have allowed to take root in our schools. With an incoming U.S. Secretary of Education who is likely to continue heavily pushing market-based policies, it will fall to state educational leaders, local districts, educational organizations, and parent groups to resist following this lead. Those of us who care about education should strategize to support and promote collectively-oriented policies and encourage our elected education policymakers to do the same. We must continue to reflect upon whether our educational policy values reflect what we want our society to look like and whom we want our fellow citizens to be.
It made feel better: Yeah. I’m a teacher. I can teach the country out of the hell hole it’s in.