I have always been the type of person who speaks my mind. If you ask for my opinion, I will give it to you. I think it is important to be open, honest and transparent in a respectful manner. As I have been in education I have shared my insight and ideas with those in power. I have spoken at our local school board, state school board and written letters to governmental officials. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a stalker or anything, I just speak up about important issues and I want to be an educated voice in education.
So, I wrote an article to that effect, encouraging teachers to speak up. We have spent too many years letting those not in education have our voice. We have watched and whined and complained and given more and more of ourselves. We have LET them win. But enough is enough, what would happen if we all stood up and shared our voice and our knowledge?
The article caught some attention as was published by the Washington Post. This brought a few comments that honestly, made me sad. Educators have given up. Some asked what is the point? Someone went on to say it was naive to think our voice mattered. I teach my kids one person can make a difference. One person can make a change. A group can have an impact. It saddens me to think educators are not modeling this same idea to their students.
We have been beaten down in the public image for too long. It just takes one . Be that voice. Write to your local newspaper, talk to your school board, write a letter to your representative. As legislatures go into session and finances are looked at around the nation tell everyone what education is, what we need, and what they can do to help. Educators have been quiet for too long. This IS our problem. You are the expert. Use your voice!