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Never fail to protest

There may be a time when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but
there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
--Elie Wiesel, as
quoted in Survival
and resistance: The Netherlands under Nazi Assault

Powerless? Protest. Treated unjustly? Protest. That's the answer Elie Wiesel suggests in his sentence above. How we protest needs to be carefully considered, but is necessary. It feels like walking on the edge of a sand dune, each step could be the beginning of a fall downwards. Yet, failure to protest, to resist can be even more dangerous. If we don't actively resist where we are going in education today, we'll end up with this reality:
Worksheets and bookwork are safe. I have never been reprimanded for
failure to follow policy as it applies to worksheets distributed in the
classroom. . .Fire up the copy machine … I am book work bound.
Haulin' Net
Comment by Joe

Perhaps, some are already experiencing it. I like what Wes has to …

Absolute Surrender

It's only by surrendering that we win, you know. Jesus surrendered himself. Gandhi and Bonhoeffer did. Mother Teresa surrendered. Anyone who has had something to lose (don't we all), that has accomplished deep change, has surrendered him/herself. We can't win the arguments that Doug Johnson's George makes. It takes so much energy to fight those points.

Every time, the argument moves from censorship to "protection," even though that's NOT what we're really arguing. Let's agree to not play the "Ain't it awful?", or another popular game, "Ain't Web 2.0 great? Check out this new gadget..." anymore.
The question is, how can we transform education? How can we get everyone to go Web 2.0? By being like the smudge on the road in the picture. We have to surrender. As teachers, we can't win. We can only organize and agree to surrender together. Absolute surrender to the George's in our districts. Let the tanks roll on, but m…

Powerful Beyond Measure

We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds. We have been drenched by
many storms. We have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense... Are
we still of any use?

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What stirring words these are, words that should make anyone working in schools, especially administrators, ask themselves, "Are we still of any use?" In a time when we have been drenched by many storms, when we practice the arts of equivocation and pretense, can there be any doubtthat Bonhoeffer's words have meaning for us today?
The words of Isaiah, as Bonhoeffer shared them, are, "He who believes does not flee." The words strike home as I reflect on education today. For those who can, have fled schools. They have fled
our schools and abandoned their colleagues, the children, and moved on to greener pastures. And, who can blame them that they chose to take advantage of the active exit strategy to deal with slow death?
Yet, this should not be my response. As an administrator, and …