We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore [The Future of Teaching]

Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Thus, the term “teacherpreneur” gets mixed up with terms like “education entrepeneur” (see: Rhee) instead of what it’s intended to do: allow teachers to create their own opportunities while still serving in the classroom. If we continue to perceive the teachers as the hired help (Renee Moore’s a genius), then we’ll continue to get treated as such. It’s amazing …

The Awesome Panel Discussion at The Ford Foundation [The Future of Teaching]

Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Teacher voice is critical in any discussion about education. Whether we’re in our schools or in think tanks, the progress we make as educators depends highly on whether the experts within the classroom can determine the parameters of their professionalism individually and collectively. Some people fear this, wondering whether too much teacher voice will elicit petulant jabber or nonsensical …

Just Trust Us [The Future of Teaching]

Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Before policymakers and other key stakeholders can make decisions surrounding educational accountability, they would do well to focus their full attentions on the idea of trust. It’s the characteristic most lacking in every discussion about the word accountability in education, and with good reason. The present economic situation has many afraid that, like most industries, education departments will find …

Derek Jeter and Phil Hughes

Teachers Should Get Paid Like Derek Jeter … or At Least Like Phil Hughes [Huffington Post]

Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my latest Huffington Post article: Since most teachers’ audiences are children, their true worth only get analyzed in retrospect, in comparison to the next teacher or in a nostalgic and proud moment of that childhood. An underlying argument could (and should) be made for this nation to raise the salaries of teachers (and other public service workers) …