It is really fascinating how the 80/20 rule is profoundly proven in today's world of education. There are many theories on why such a small subset of all educators identify themselves and take action against systems they know are negative. Some are afraid, some are accustomed to be told what they should do and how they should do it, some have become so cynical after long years of burnout, that they simply have no hope in any kind of change, and others..who knows... An old American syaing: "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got." Not all people living in the civil war era stiood against slavery, not everyone stood up for women's rights, not everyone stood up against the Viet Nam War, or any wars. What is the special facet of a person who is willing to be a catalyst for change? How do people who stand by and do nothing justify it? What are your thoughts?
Teachers really do want a chance to rewrite NCLB! It would seem that there is quite a bit of interest in thsi and most agree that teachers are the only ones that really are qualified to do it! Well, your opportunity is coming in May in Philly, in June in NY and Denver. In July in San Francisco, in August in Seattle...we are hoping that that educators use this opportunity to the fullest. how can we get the attention of the rest of the 6 million eduactors in our country now? Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!