Working Americans haven't seen a real raise in 35 years. Meanwhile, every year, their health care costs rise. Their employers eliminate pensions. And their kids struggle with rising college tuition and debt. By contrast, on the other side of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the richest 1 percent are supersizing their feasts.
With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.
I have watched fellow educators, my friends, walk into the classroom ready to take on the challenge only to walk out defeated. I am not prideful enough to assume that the same could not happen to me. It's not that teachers are looking for a reason to leave. America, we're looking for a reason to stay.