Have you ever found yourself in a room, listening to people talk about you as though you weren’t actually in the room too? That’s the experience I had when I came across this piece via Dan Callahan’s Remix Teaching.
The title, “Where Are Progressives In The Fight To Save Public Schools?” was enough to draw me up short. What do you mean “where are we?” We’re right here. See us? Over here? Not just at Antioch, but at IDEA, the Coalition of Essential Schools, and Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound just to name a few of the organizations that embody the ideals we hold. More importantly, we’re in the hearts, hands and minds of thousands of educators, parents and leaders.
We’re in hundreds of thousands of schools and classrooms, doing the day-to-day work of teaching and learning with kids across the economic, social, ethnic and political spectrum. We’re in public schools, private schools and charters. We’re lousy at controlling the narrative (we have little time or energy for feeding the beast that is the insatiable media machine and we know we pay a price for that), but we’re here. Don’t count us out (and for heaven’s sake don’t lump us in with the Ed Deformers as the author of the piece does).