A great piece from @The Chalk Face by John Kuhn who covers both the year in review AND what to do in 2014.
His queries for 2014:
Will the education reformers rebound from their numerous defeats this
year? They still have the money, they still own the media and the US
Department of Education, and they have fresh NAEP and PISA scores that
“prove” whatever they want them to prove. (Tennessee and DC students
showed major gains on NAEP, they enthuse, but then they conveniently forget to mention all the reform-friendly states that didn’t show gains at all. Asi es la vida.)
Will the Common Core be perceived by the masses as a sensible set of
standards to guide instruction in 2014, or will progressives across
America view it as another armament in the artillery trained on public
education and teachers, while conservatives across the nation view it as
a federal takeover of a traditional state responsibility and an attempt
to brainwash the children?
His Five Resolutions:
1. Be active online, in the papers, and in your state capital. In the blogosphere, in the halls of your legislative bodies, in the
letters-to-the-editor section, and during every single election, public
education supporters can’t afford to sit back.
2. Be active locally. The corporate reformers aren’t merely interested in statewide and
national elections. They have found more bang for their buck at the
3. Embrace your expertise. I am a huge proponent of the Network for Public Education and The Educators Room because
organizations like these put educators in places of engagement and
efficacy. The motto of The Educators Room is “empowering teachers as the
experts,” and that is exactly the thing that is needed.
4. Join others. Relatedly, if you are serious about protecting the promise of public
education, you have little choice but to join others in holding back the
tide of corporate reform. There is diversity in the pro-public
education camp. If you are progressive, there is a place for you.
5. Be great. The best defense of the public education system is a strong public education system.