Do we want to keep heading down the same road of more testing, more data slicing, more reforms based on a business model? Or do we want our schools to aspire to something different, something better, something more?
I believe the Chicago teachers strike is an important stand in the battle to improve, even save, public education in the United States. As Karen Lewis said, "This fight is for the very soul of public education, not just only Chicago but everywhere."
I wish we all had the courage of the Tacoma teachers. Every company, every community should be pushing our representatives in D.C. to do the right thing. Fund teachers, fund school building, and this will help our economy get back on track.
Republicans are forever telling us that they're paid too much. Unless you are saving lives on the operating table or vaccinating children in Africa, it takes a certain kind of chutzpah to berate teachers.