Wednesday, January 16, 2013

kris nielsen - this is how democracy ends

the teachers in Seattle’s Garfield and Ballard High Schools obviously talked.  A lot.  When we get together and talk, we start to do what we do best: collaborate, expand our thoughts, and plan and implement meaningful action.  When we’re not lorded over by administration, we are free, creative, and brave.  These two high schools have shown us what kind of difference that can truly make.  One teacher taking action is silent and easy to cover up as insubordination.  Many teachers taking action is a little harder to bury.

a line from one of my favorite documentaries that states–and I’m paraphrasing here–the only way the system will stop working is if those opposed to it refuse to participate.