by Jim Lang
Today, I challenge teachers to speak to voters. And, I challenge voters to listen.
I have never seen teachers more frustrated. Virtually every survey reveals teacher frustration at an all-time high. Teacher retirements in Indiana are also rising, even as enrollment in teacher education programs at colleges and universities plummets.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we are headed for a severe shortage of quality teachers. Fast.
And, if we dig more deeply into survey results and anecdotal evidence, we see a common thread — beliefs that we are headed in the wrong direction in state and national education policy, and that our state and national governments are not listening to us.
I have my own beliefs about this, many of which I have shared on this blog.
But, I’d like to try something different here today.
If you are a teacher, please post your views in the Comments section of this blog (click on Leave a Comment below this post) explaining any frustrations to voters, citizens, and non-educators, outlining specifically what needs to change, and why. What do you think voters and citizens need to know about education policy? Feel free to leave your name, or not.
And voters and/or concerned citizens, feel free to jump into the conversation by posting comments and/or asking questions. More importantly, please read and think about what you are reading from these dedicated educators.
I’ll post my own thoughts and response early next week.
Finally, comments will not show up immediately, as I have to approve them. But, I’ll be checking this site throughout the weekend.
Here’s hoping for an insightful conversation…