AliDear teachers, administrators, and friends of the teaching profession,

 

If I read one more article about the mediocrity of the teaching profession, I may internally combust. I don’t know why teacher bashing has become a hobby and an accepted norm, but it has. If we aren’t holding expectations high enough, we’re contributing to the achievement gap. When we adopt the Common Core, we hold standards too high. Let’s face it, we’re being attacked from all angles, and it’s time to fight back. Amplifying our voices is the only way to save our profession.

 

America needs to hear from educators like us about the wonderful things happening in our classrooms, our districts, and our schools. The voices of the opposition are loud, so we need to be louder, But, in our fight, we cannot lower ourselves to criticism. Instead, we must channel our inner Muhammad Ali and “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

 

I challenge all educators to find a way to make their voices heard, because without us, all I hear is the buzz of those unwilling to set foot in schools, but think they have all the answers.

 

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