Thursday, June 22, 2017

Teachers as Practical Politicians | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Teachers as Practical Politicians | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Teachers as Practical Politicians

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Besides managing a classroom of 20 to 30 or more students while teaching lessons every day, teachers also do politicking. Teachers using ClassDojo, a free software application (see previous two posts), is just another instance of teacher thinking and acting politically. More about teachers using ClassDojo as a political act later in the post.
I do need to explain that in 2017 for teachers to survive and thrive in their classrooms, they have to be practicing politicians.
Historical context for teachers acting politically
For decades, educators have winced at using the word “politics” linked in any way to their work with children and youth in schools. A few words about the history behind the aversion to the word.
At the beginning of the 20th century, progressive reformers divorced party politics from the conduct of schooling. Governance reforms led school boards to dump party hacks from their ranks and recruit business leaders and civic-minded professionals to serve. Civil service regulations ended the buying and selling of school jobs. Partisan politics was banned from schools and classrooms.
Not only because of the progressive movement a century ago but also because separating politics and schools became embedded in professional training of teachers, the power of that norm remains strong today. It should come as no Teachers as Practical Politicians | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

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