[NOTE: This article was originally published on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]
It can be kind of hard to walk around the world these days as someone who knows a thing or two about education. For those of us that have chosen (or been chosen by) the profession/art of teaching, it can get tiresome to listen to the politicians and business people talk about what “our schools need to do.” Our students are used like cheap tricks to win votes, and the people who love and nurture them daily have our craft disrespected by those who have never tried it. Again and again, I find myself consoling expert practitioners who just want to be, at the very least, spoken about with dignity. No one challenges the American Medical Association’s right to set the standard for their profession, but when it comes to decisions about our schools, teachers and our unions are somehow expendable.