I am home from school today, trying desperately to beat back my annual cold/laryngitis. Not an unusual teacher malady; after all, we do talk for a living! We also prompt, encourage, nudge, praise, clarify, remind, control, consult, collaborate, plan, and confer. Our voices feel the strain.
But you know what? It isn’t the vocal strain that is making teaching impossible.
It is the emotional strain. It is the never ending insanity around testing, retesting, scoring, rubrics and so called “accountability”. It is the ongoing realization that what we are being forced to do to our students in unethical, immoral and damaging. It is the knowledge, every waking moment, that we are being forced (even in a progressive, supportive, well funded district like the one in which I teach) to violate our own beliefs in order to check off all the boxes.
I want to share a link to a very good blog written by a young colleague. A smart, activist young woman who isn’t afraid to teach with her heart.
Please read it. Please share it. If you are a parent, please consider keeping your child out of the standardized tests in your district.
Also, please consider spending some time on these sites: