Crazy Things People Say To Teachers -- And How To Respond

Crazy Things People Say To Teachers -- 
And How To Respond:  Stop Blaming Teachers!

Yes!  Read the excerpt below from an article in the National Education Association Magazine.  
While complaining about a circumstance you knowingly entered is vexatious, and every profession has its challenges, there is something in the article and its cartoons that is fresh.  Most people are appreciative and kind to their teachers and teachers of their children.  Yet, for some that got detention or an F when they were in school their citizen right to free speech and vote is an opportunity for revenge.

"The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines scapegoat as one that bears the blame for others, or one that is the object of irrational hostility. Those of us in the education profession would define scapegoat this way:  teacher.

Scapegoating teachers has become so popular with policymakers and politicians, the media, and even members of the public that it has blurred the reality of what’s really happening in education.  What’s more, it’s eroding a noble profession and wreaking havoc on student learning, says Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture.

In his book, Kumashiro...professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explains how scapegoating public-school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher education masks the real, systemic problems in education.  He also demonstrates how trends like market-based reforms and fast-track teacher certification programs create obstacles to an equitable education for all children."--Cindy Long

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Credits:  NEA Today, Cindy Long, David Clark, Kevin Kumashiro

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