Thompson: John Merrow Is More For Us Than Against Us
John Merrow, responding to comments on his blog,"Taking Note," articulates a big tent approach to school reform where "those who are not against us are for us" and the dishonoring of teachers and teaching by "cheap shot politicians," "bargaining for rigid and bizarre work rules," and "curriculum designers who labor to create ‘teacher-proof’ curricula" is ended. Many commenters -- including yours truly -- have complained about his comparing the teacher-bashers and the unions. A rule against after-school meetings going longer than 30 minutes seems ridiculous to Merrow but makes sense to me. But that's just a quibble. I can buy Merrow's strategy of balancing his attacks on the educational malpractice being dumped on teachers and students with a criticism of old work rules that have mostly been forgotten. I would gladly trade some artifacts from industrial unionism in return for the accountability hawks taking up Merrow's challenge to "see any of them try to do for just one day what teachers do every day of the school year." And anyone who would promote such a bargain is clearly "for us."- JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.