In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten challenges the misguided narrative that teachers are somehow responsible for preventing our nation's neediest students from succeeding. The truth, she writes, is that educators in classrooms across the country are engaging students from all demographics and geographies and promoting a love of learning.
Weingarten reports on some of the schools she has visited recently where collaboration is embedded in the school culture, including in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and Washington, D.C., and we are seeing results.
"When we work together—to fix, not close, neighborhood schools, to give kids the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in our 21st-century economy and the support they need to address their economic and social challenges, when we trust and support teachers—we can succeed," Weingarten writes. "There is no silver bullet. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that every child in America has access to a high-quality public education. But, despite what our detractors would have you believe, great, welcoming public schools are within our grasp."
Read the full column, "The True Story of Public Education in America."
[Dan Gursky, Emilie Surrusco]