Vilson advocates for teacher voice, because teachers are the ones who put students first and ask the good questions. For example, he asks, will it take another ten years before we realize that Race To The Top isn’t effective at raising and transforming the quality of education in our nations schools? He urges teachers to shine our light and sensibilities on the education scene beyond our classrooms now. This point, (as well as the apt animal analogies in Vilson’s presentation) reminds me of a post I wrote sometime last year, in which I express a strong feeling that for teachers it’s Time To Spread Our Wings.
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