On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers Paul Allison and Monika Hardy host a conversation framed by +Steve Hargadon‘s search for a new narrative to support educational change. We are joined by teachers who are actively protesting the disrespect and indignity they have recently been subjected to in New York City and in British Columbia.
One of our guests, +Maribeth Whitehouse was recently quoted in an article by Michael Winerip in The New York Times:
It’s not just the low scorers who are offended. Maribeth Whitehouse, a special education teacher in the Bronx, wrote me in an e-mail: “I am a 99th percentiler. A number of us are in touch with each other, united by nothing more than our profession and professional disdain for this nonsense.” She is circulating a letter of protest for others on the 99th percentile to sign. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/nyregion/in-brooklyn-hard-working-teachers-sabotaged-when-student-test-scores-slip.html
Maribeth Whitehouse joins us on this episode of +Teachers Teaching Teachers as we work toward defining a narrative of respect and dignity for teachers and students alike. And here’s a link to her letter.
Steve Hargdadon’s perspectives were recently detailed in a thought-provoking post on his blog that ends:
Those of us who really care about teaching and learning as ways of helping to liberate the passion and independence of learners are going to have to both recognize–and figure out how to avoid–the hidden compliance agendas of the big money being doled out. And also how to make sure we’re building the kind of appreciative support networks that will help the Rudy’s [a teacher in the Bronx] of the world. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2012/03/tail-of-two-ed-tech-agendas.html
In addition teacher +Delia Downing and a student (Delia’s daughter) +Anne Simonen join us on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers. They were fresh from a protest against their government’s educational policies. They provide details about their fight for dignity and respect in British Columbia. http://act.bcfed.ca/whyyoushouldsupportbcteachers/
This is an important conversation, and we invite you to join us by commenting below.
We’d love to hear your stories of letting go of the fear and of finding spaces of dignity and respect both for you and your colleagues and for your students.