Teachers on the front lines have perspectives that often differ sharply from the perspectives of the education policy institutions — the think tanks, the education schools, the government policy shops.
One of the striking things about education policy debates is the systematic exclusion of voices from the front lines. Again and again, I’ve been to education policy fora where no one at the table is a present or even past practitioner. (Or, the only teacher voice at the table may be a union official whose job role requires them to focus primarily on how policy change will affect the terms and conditions of teacher employment.)
Mary Cummings, a teacher in Arlington, has started an education policy blog from the perspective of the trenches. It’s a welcome contribution.