Teachers, share your profession!
What I mean by this is that we not only need to educate the students that come to our classrooms and spend 9 months with us, but we need to educate the public about what it means to be an educator.
We need to advocate for ourselves, inform ourselves and educate non-educators about our profession.
I have felt like a lone duck on many threads about education this week as I attempt to share the issues and realities of educators. I can't do it alone and neither can you, but together, we can make a difference in our communities and change the stereotypes and misunderstandings that exist about what it means to be an educator.
Here's how you can make a difference:
We currently have a taxation issue in our district area property taxes and a state wide policy change about licensing people to be educators without education training.
The public is basically our employer and from my perspective, its important for them to be informed about the job they have as employers. Being a teacher means being a public figure. In 2014, there was estimated to be 3.5 million public and private k-12 educators with a total population of 319 million people in the United States, that means K-12 educators make up about 1% of the population.* That's a lot of people who need to know about what it means to be an educator. Instead of hiding in our classrooms, we need to share our profession and help the rest of the world.
What are your ideas about how we can stand together to help our communities better understand education so they can be better informed voters, policy makers and education supporters?
*Statements based on data from: