The Teacher Advocate

Teachers are the cornerstone of public education and education is the cornerstone of democracy.

With ‘Harris’ Ruling, Supreme Court Silences Voices of Working Families

By Mary Ellen Flannery and Tim Walker Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, voted to brush aside 40 years of legal precedent and eliminate

via With ‘Harris’ Ruling, Supreme Court Silences Voices of Working Families.

NEA Representative Assembly to Vote to End ‘Toxic Testing’

By Cindy Long and Sara Robertson The National Education Association will launch a national campaign to put the focus of assessments and accountability

via NEA Representative Assembly to Vote to End ‘Toxic Testing’.

Teacher Advocate

An advocate is a person who speaks in support or defense of another. An advocate may act as an intercessor.   An advocate is someone who will be the voice for the voiceless.

It could also be said an advocate is one who comforts or counsels.  An advocate may strengthen or defend, or plead and convince.  An advocate is a person who will aid and support another.

We all have needed an advocate at some time and I am sure we felt uplifted and sustained knowing that we had a person who was on “our side”.

That is what I intend to do with this blog.

Right now, public schools and public school teachers have been vilified by so many: the press, politicians, pundits.  It seems that we hear nothing but bad about schools and teachers.  Test scores are low; we are not doing the job required; other nations are ahead of us.

Well, I am here to tell you, teachers ARE doing a good job.  We live in a nation in which EVERY child has an education–not just a selected few.  The teacher in the public school classroom works with EVERY  child to ensure that he or she receives an education that will give them a chance for a successful life.  Unlike private schools and even charter schools, the true public school does not pick and choose a student and his or her family.  Teachers work with every student who walks through the door.

So I am writing to advocate for  public school teachers and public education.  Teachers are highly skilled and trained professionals.  They need to be treated as such.

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