You’re Appreciated!

March 20, 2020

Arts educators everywhere

I am so moved by the energy and commitment that I know teachers have filled this week with across the state and country. I can’t find the words to express my gratitude for teachers and all school personnel. Thinking about every detail to put in place everything possible so learners and families can be supported during this challenging period.

Ken Buck is an educator in South Carolina. Earlier this week he posted this and I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you Ken Buck for sharing! Miracle workers coming together to do what is necessary for students. There’s never been any doubt in my mind who could lead our country efficiently and effectively – an educator, for sure!

We gave educators almost no notice. We asked them to completely redesign what school looks like and in about 24 hours local administrators and teachers “Apollo 13’ed” the problem and fixed it. Kids learning, children being fed, needs being met in the midst of a global crisis.

No state agency did this, no so-called national experts on curriculum. The local educators fixed it in hours. HOURS.
In fact, existing state and federal policies actually created multiple roadblocks. Local schools figured out how to do it around those too. No complaining and no handwringing – just solutions and amazingly clever plans.
Remember that the next time someone tries to convince you that schools are better run by mandates from non-educators. Remember that the next time someone tells you that teachers have it easy or try to persuade you that educators are not among the smartest, most ingenious people in society. And please never say to me again, “Those who can’t do anything else just go into teaching.”
Get out of the way of a teacher and watch with amazement at what really happens.

You can follow Ken Buck’s blog at kenbuckschoolboard.com.

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