Emily Talmage: A Letter to the Reformers

Diane Ravitch's blog

Emily Talmage writes a letter to the reformers. It is civil. It is polite. It is strong and clear.

She knows that every “I Quit” letter makes them happy. That is what they want. They want to get rid of career teachers. They don’t want people with experience. They want enthusiastic young college graduates who will work a 70-hour week and then leave. Who won’t complain if they are replaced by technology.

But Talmage has news for the reformers. She is not leaving. She plans to stay and fight. And she is not alone.

I am here to tell you that there is a growing army of us – yes, army – who are refusing to quit, despite the havoc you are wreaking on our profession.

I am here to tell you that not only have we vowed not to quit – we have also vowed to fight.

We…

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