Standing up for teachers
Response to April 30 blog post, “May Day will be busy: Teachers organize day of advocacy, SRC to vote on charter renewals,” by Dale Mezzacappa.
Back when I was at Furness High School, there was a sign on the wall outside of my office. It said, "If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing." I stand firmly behind the teachers and public education.
I am inspired to see the teachers stand up for themselves, their students, and the profession that I believe is the greatest profession.
What our schools need most, and what our children need most, is a strong and viable profession of teaching and learning. A profession that rewards academic achievement, dedication to children, and the development of the art and craft of teaching. And a profession that attracts the best and brightest amongst us and retains them for their professional lives.
Without this, we will never achieve greatness in our public schools. Of that I am sure.
The writer is a retired District administrator, an attorney, and the author of “Whose School Is It? The Democratic Imperative for Our Schools.”