Nine years ago, New Year's Eve 2005, the year I started blogging at SchoolsMatter, I was a graduate student in education and I posted Paul Wellstone's speech from Teacher's College Columbia University in 2000.
At the time, before No Child Left Behind became law, Wellstone was a lone voice in Congress, a lone voice in the wilderness in a sea of corruption and ignorance about education policy. Wellstone was also one of a few senators who voted against the War in Iraq.
Pass his message on to teachers, parents and students. Pass it on to your local, state and national representatives. Pass in along to those who are still out there in the wilderness, watching the shadows on the wall, wondering why the joy of teaching and learning has been sucked out of their classrooms, their careers and their lives.
Think of it as gift.
Here's to Ringing in the New Year, again, with Paul Wellstone.
Happy 2014! The Year of the Education Spring!
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966