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From remarks at NCTE Convention, Orlando, November 2010
FEATURED SESSION--TEACHER PROFESSIONALISM: POLITICS AND PEDAGOGY
Teacher professionalism is at risk, attacked by the toxic politics of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Congress, the Business Roundtable, and the silence of professional organizations. Ohanian issues a call to break the silence and stand tall for our beliefs.


by Susan Ohanian


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The victim accommodates to power.
The victim doesn̢۪t want any more trouble.
She performs Standardisto drudgery,
Submits to crippling data overload,
And remains the uncomplaining victim of corporate rapacity.
And professional organization complicity. . .

Grieving in our knowledge
That doing what
You're told
Is not the same as
Doing what
You can.
Or should.

The center will not hold
When your head and heart
Are in different time zones.

from
When Childhood Collides with NCLB

— Susan Ohanian
NCTE convention

2010-11-20


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