Being Asked to Do More
This past year, Charlie Irish and I co-authored Cleaning Up the Mess from Sacred Cows: A Strategy to Take Back Our Public Schools. In it, we discuss how unchallenged conventional wisdom threatens the future of our public schools. One of the sacred cow beliefs highlighted in our book is that whatever teachers are asked to do, they’ll make it work. Following three decades of rigorous education reform, this well-meaning rallying cry has placed a heavy, and sometimes unrealistic, burden on our teaching profession. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers are being asked once again to do more and make it work.