Recently, I had an opportunity to appear on NBC Bay Area’s show, Class Action, a local take on issues of national importance in public education. I’ve appeared on the show several times, and it is an honor to be offered the chance to be a spokesperson for our profession.
Most recently, I was asked to discuss Michelle Rhee and her organization, Students First, which recently graded American schools on their ability to “elevate teaching”, “empower parents”, and “spend wisely and govern well.” If these criteria sound hollow, it’s because they are. You can check out the Students First rubric here.
Want to hear what I had to say about it? Watch the video:
I could spend all day talking about this, but the rest of the bargaining team and I are doing the real work of public education tranformation: empowering teachers to educate, inspire, and change lives. We are doing that in conjunction with our district by sharing our values and our priorities, finding common ground, debating vigorously, advocating passionately, and in the end, coming together to do what’s right for our students, families, employees, and communities.
You see, what Michelle Rhee doesn’t understand is that there is no other way. We got here together, and we must find our way together. Our sense of shared purpose, community, and perseverance doesn’t show up on her rubric. It may be hard to quantify, but it’s the only thing that counts.