Let’s be very clear.
- There is NO teacher shortage.
- There is a teacher Exodus.
- Loosening, tinkering, and doing away with teacher licenses will do NOTHING except kill the profession of teaching and dramatically increase systemic inequity.
It is happening all across the country. Policy makers, pundits and idiots keep screaming teacher shortage. And, in the same breath advocating and putting forth policies that do away with teacher licensing. Why?
First the BS answer: Allowing license flexibility or doing away with teaching licenses altogether will fix the shortage and if “we” don’t do something fast children will face empty classrooms.
The TRUTH: Softening teacher license policies or doing away with the license altogether will kill the profession of teaching.
Its that simple. Yet trying to get media and policy makers to understand this seems almost impossible. Trust me. I have been trying for 4 months.
Now it’s up to you. Take what you learn below. Call your legislators. Call your local media. Chain yourself to a tree naked. Oops. That was supposed to say “chain yourself to a naked tree.” Do whatever you can to get this ALEC backed attack on the profession of teaching to the people.
It’s that serious. Kill the license. Kill the profession. Privatize public schools. Devastate our most vulnerable communities and deny our children the TEACHERS THEY DESERVE.