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 “union” talk. They ignore teachers en masse when they step out of the superhero / surrogate parent stereotypes. They pinpoint the one “bad” teacher they had in their lives even when they owe much of their present successes to the plethora of average to terrific teachers who outnumbered their one or two bad experiences.
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