A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, January 28, 2006

If the AFT can do it, why can't NEA???

I was just over at Edwize, and I gotta tell you, it was a very resonant and meaningful visit. A recent post is about the struggles of the blogger-- a first year teacher in NYC-- who is struggling with some of the soul-deadening parts of teaching in the middle school, although the person is obviously treasuring the actual teaching part of the job-- you know, the 10 percent of our jobs that should be accorded about 80 percent of our energies, but doesn't because of byzantine bureaucratic banality (oooh, alliteration!) like, say, expecting a teacher to write an entire curriculum in two days without any release time, not that I'm sayin' anything specific, mind you....

But anyway, other cool posts include this one about "Twilight Schools"-- favorite bit: "How do you communicate with a non-English speaker: it’s easy, you speak louder and slower." Hahaha!

Then there's a pretty incisive one on the disappearance of pensions that should be required reading for anyone over the age of 16.

Now here's the interesting part: Edwize is sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers, which is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, which has sometimes given my politically schizoid soul a few shivers with some of their more Eugene V. Debsian stances. But still, at least the people have a blog voice in the AFT.

Whither art thou, NEA?

Why can't you at least jump on the bandwagon late, now that someone has dipped their toes in the water for you? We're not asking (at least not in THIS post) for the right to democratically elect our leaders, or anything. All we ask (today) is a comments enabled weblog. See Edwonk for more suggestions here and earlier here, among others.

*****UPDATE: I had forgotten that the American Federation of Teachers now has their own blog up. Check it out at:
More proof that it's not impossible to figure out how to get this done.

Do you think NEA would let us help them get it up and running? I bet a bunch of us would be willing to help-- if they would TRUST us to help them.


At 1/28/06, 10:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Enlightening post. Off I go to

At 1/28/06, 8:20 PM, Anonymous john-letsgetitright said...

And don't forget that UFT's parent, the AFT, has also started a blog at www.letsgetitright.org.

And, yes, Ms. Cornelius, you're on the blog roll.

At 1/29/06, 10:10 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I have added an update to add your info, John. Thanks!


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