Here’s where you are needed now:
- To nominate educators in your community and recognize them as a classroom superhero, visit classroomsuperheroes.com.
- Follow us on Twitter and tweet using the hashtag “#stopteacherbashing“
- Join the ongoing conversation by becoming a ‘fan’ of Speak up for Education and Kids on Facebook ‘“ a community of educators and concerned citizens ‘“ now more than 40,000 strong!
With the release of ‘Waiting for Superman’, there is a lot of talk about how to make schools better in America. We all appreciate the attention to the work we do every day in public schools, but many are disappointed that the debate has recently been dominated by silver-bullet solutions to wide-spread issues. We can only make our public schools better for all students if educators are driving the debate.
It’s time to Speak Up!
America needs you in the debate, on the discussion boards and in the public forum. What do you see every day on your school bus, in the classroom and after school. We need your positive input, ideas and best practices to be a part of today’s growing debate. We know that it’s hard, but we also know that educators are the everyday heroes, who stand ready to transform our schools and ensure that a great public education is America’s priority.
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelson comments on ABC News
Here’s how NEA members and other education activists are Speaking Up:
- An Upset Educator’s Letter to Oprah – ‘Ask teachers.’
- Sneak Peak of California Teachers Association’s interview with David Guggenheim
- Ed Weeks’s Anthony Cody, “How WOULD a Journalist Cover Education Nation” and “The REAL Thieves of Hope: America’s War on Teachers”
- Teacher Ken on Daily Kos, “The problem with NBC’s Education Nation - where are the voices of parents and teachers?”
- Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, “First, Bash the Teachers – Media find a scapegoat for educational failure”
- The Nation, “Grading ‘Waiting For Superman’”
What We're Reading
- 12/05/2013 "State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax" – The Guardian
- 12/06/2013 "Wall Street is designing the future of public education as a money-making machine" – Salon
- 12/11/2013 "New York City Council Takes Stand Against High-Stakes Testing" – Education Week
- 12/11/2013 "Shining a Light on ALEC’s Power to Shape Policy" – Moyers & Co.
- 12/12/2013 "Educators Urge Congress to Return Sequestered Funds" – ABC Fox Montana (KTMF)