Another month, another Valerie Strauss article covering the resignation letter of a teacher in the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog. Last month she covered what she called a “powerful letter” from a teacher in Louisiana. It read more like a temper tantrum. This month, Strauss has focused on the resignation of a teacher who actually appears to have taken a writing class at some point in the course of his own education. The result is easier to read, but makes many of the same tactical and logical errors that the post before it did.
The two letters are not unique. Their arguments are not new. Facebook, twitter, and blogs are filled to the brim with teachers complaining about the “broken” education system in this country while simultaneously decrying anyone who tries to reform it. Teachers, collectively, have taken an untenable position and the only way forward for them, as a profession, is to jettison the weak and under-performing of their group.
If they won’t do it themselves, we as a society are left with no choice but to do it for them.