Teachers should be seen and heard. This is not exactly the title of a popular article written by the 2009 United States National Teacher of the Year, Anthony J. Mullen.
|Anthony J. Mullen|
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"I think we need to consider the role of teachers in the classroom. We are headed toward a teacherless classroom and must be guided by this fact."Moderator:
"I agree. Technology is making the traditional classroom teacher less relevant-possibly obsolete. Soon students will be learning at home from online classes on their laptops."Harvard Professor:
"In the future, students will be learning at home using their computers. School buildings and classrooms will not be the primary learning environment."The governors have been bragging about their respective states' accomplishments on education, all behaving as if they were members of a mutual fans' club. When Mullen's turn came, he had the following thoughts:
Where do I begin? I spent the last thirty minutes listening to a group of arrogant and condescending non educators disrespect my colleagues and profession. I listened to a group of disingenuous people whose own self-interests guide their policies rather than the interests of children. I listened to a cabal of people who sit on national education committees that will have a profound impact on classroom teaching practices. And I heard nothing of value.Finally, the following is what Mullen said:
"I'm thinking about the current health care debate, and I am wondering if I will be asked to sit on a national committee charged with the task of creating a core curriculum of medical procedures to be used in hospital emergency rooms. I realize that most people would think I am unqualified to sit on such a committee because I am not a doctor, I have never worked in an emergency room, and I have never treated a single patient. So what? Today I have listened to people who are not teachers, have never worked in a classroom, and have never taught a single student tell me how to teach."