Monday, June 24, 2013

Why I'd Rather be "Badass" Than Professional in Confronting School Reformers

Why I'd Rather be "Badass" Than Professional in Confronting School Reformers

What have teachers gotten by acting professional, insisting that changes in school policy be based on sound research and the advice of seasoned practitioners? Nothing!!! They have been totally marginalized from education policy discussions, and their voices ignored. We have nothing to lose by mocking those who have demonized us and taking pride in our strength and resilience. In the 'Hood" Badass is the highest compliment you can give someone. It connotes someone to be respected and feared. In this country, teachers have been neither. Time to Flip the Script!

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Professional does not have to mean quiet and accepting of whatever you are told to do. A true professional has all of the traits you describe in your post, without having to call themselves a badass. If you call yourself a badass, you're probably not that badass.

That said, I appreciate that this has grabbed the attention of teachers all over the US. I'll wait and see what the long-term outcome of this is, before worrying too much about the name.

Thank you for igniting a spark!

Unknown said...

That didn't post my name, f'n blogger. I am @ehmatthes on twitter, if anyone cares to reply directly to me.

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