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The One Thing Colleges of Education Need to Do

Susan Notes:

WARNING: Obscene language ahead.

But don't let that scare you off. This is critical information.

by Susan Ohanian

In July 2013, famed thespian Helen Mirren told The Daily Mail that, looking back, she wishes she'd been more assertive against ghastly mistreatment of women in the entertainment industry.

"If I'd had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been 'f*** off' because we weren't brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we?

"And it's quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, 'No, f*** off, leave me alone, thank you very much.'"

"You see, I couldn't help saying 'Thank you very much', I just couldn't help myself."

Surely, the fact that so many teachers are has something to do with the people-pleasing character of the profession. Trained by culture and inclination to do what needs to be done and keep people happy, teaching is a profession filled with people incapable of uttering the one word: "No." Instead, teachers suck it up, grin and bear every affront and wrong-headed policy, even when it's evil. In short, teachers try to do the job--even when that job has been demeaned, degraded, and made impossible by:
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • U. S. Department of Education
  • National Governors Association
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Achieve
  • Pearson
  • McGraw-Hill
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • National Education Association
  • Parent Teachers Association (National)

  • There are plenty more: Just look at what everybody who has received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done to public education.

    Every professor of education should start off every class with this statement:

    It's quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, "No, f*** off, leave me alone."

    The same goes for every Professional Development provider. Say it loud.

    — Susan Ohanian


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