All of us have heard the fiery rhetoric about the state of education in America of late. Most of it has been negative: failing schools, apathetic and ineffective teachers sheltered by tenure, the politically popular panacea of charter schools and school choice, standards being too low, standards being too high, developing nations passing us, plummeting test scores, too much testing, not enough data, underpaid teachers, class sizes too large, crumbling schools, rapidly changing technologies, the school to prison pipeline, programs, program, programs, whining teachers in teacher’s lounges, not enough recess, segregated schools, poor teacher training programs, burnt out teachers. All of this rhetoric has served to demoralize educators who show up every day to Inspire, Educate, Engage, and Empower the youth of our nation. It is hard to hear and the effect is teacher burnout and teachers fleeing the profession. Frankly, we are exhausted.
The the one thing that has stayed constant in 150 years of education and reform is change. There is a saying,”Be the change you want to see in the world” and while it is a bit cliche and fits neatly on a bumper sticker, it is in fact a truth. We, as educators, have two choice 1) resist, fret, moan, and burn out or 2) proactively take charge of our careers and public education. Which will you choose?
Now more than ever public education and students need us to act as a line of defense to protect the cornerstone of democracy. We need to stand up and ensure that ALL children continue to have the access to a free quality public education and the opportunities it provides. This means we need to active and engaged citizens educators. In fact, we need to practice what we teach! We need to advocate for smaller class sizes. We need to demand fair evaluation and hiring practices to ensure that highly qualified staff end up in each building supporting all students. We need to scrutinize budgets and ensure that money is spent wisely and benefits the most students. We need to promote quality professional development to ensure that all teachers have the sharpest skills when they step in front of kids. We need to show through our actions and our words that we are more than just FTE on a salary scale and that our kids are more than data points. We are the future of American public education. We impact the future of America.
This is our call to action . . . why are you a member of the BCEA? The Blaine County Education Association is team of passionate and dedicated professionals who work to ensure that our democracy continues to thrive and stand well into the future. If you are not already active find out what you can do to become more involved in the BCEA. Be the change you want to see in the world.
We would like to issue a special thank you to all of the following members who have agreed to represent the BCEA on District committees.
Calendar Committee Members
Faculty Advisory Council