My retired teacher friend, Linda Slayton, in Clarke County sent me a post from Facebook that sums well up educational policy today. She did not know the author.
“So let me get this straight: You have to student teach before you teach, teach before you enter administration, serve as an assistant principal before you can serve as a principal, but you can shape education policy with no classroom experience whatsoever???
How does that even make sense?
You can walk into as many baseball parks as you want, but that doesn’t qualify you to teach me how to hit. You can go to a million concerts, but that doesn’t mean you can sing. You can walk into as many schools as you want, but that doesn’t qualify you to tell me how to teach.
If you haven’t been on the front lines with YOUR OWN class of YOUR OWN kids, if you haven’t looked into the eyes of one of YOUR KIDS who is literally starving, if you haven’t fought like hell to save one of YOUR KIDS coming from poverty, then don’t tell me how to teach.
Too many people with power operating under this fairy tale premise of what school was for them. Unless you’ve actually been in the trenches, your view on education is incomplete. Our kids and our teachers deserve better.”
I could not agree more or said it better.
Editor’s note: Why am I remembering 2016 when our state school board hired Mike Sentance to be state school superintendent? Yet he had never taught, been a principal or local superintendent. It took us one year to realize whoever wrote the words above was right.