Rocking Out In "California Educator"
I'm quoted a few times throughout, and while these are more or less accurate, it seems like I got a little dumbed-down. An occupational hazard in allowing someone to edit a thirty-minute conversation into two-sentence chunks, I know, but there's one that stands out as particularly flawed.
“We didn’t pay a high-priced consultant to tell us how to teach; instead, we talked to each other.”
This quote makes me sound like an aggrevied unionista, and I'm really not. POY called me a B.U.M. -- Bitter Union Member -- and I'm not that either. I was speaking of the importance of teachers committing to a process a constant improvement and continual dissatisfaction with the status quo. I was trying to articulate a vision of professionalism that possessd a measure of self-determinism and rejected outside pressure as the only source of development and improvement. "This is what it means to be a professional teacher," I said, but that didn't quite make it into the final version.