It is my belief that educators have stories to share that showcase the amazing work that they do on a daily basis. We have stories about relationships that have been fostered against all odds, achievement that happened despite the averages, student-led initiatives that compelled others to do the unthinkable, and even innovative ways that we continue to grow professionally. There are platforms in which we can share these stories…but too often they become echo chambers and our stories are only heard by our peers or those of us in education. I want more. I want teacher voices to be heard. I want to empower teachers to share their stories.
I received an email this morning that started with the typical “thank you, but…” to inform me that I had not been selected to speak at a Tedx event. Again. I half expected it, but half hoped that it might be different this time. So I tried to brush it off. That lasted all of 10 seconds. Once again, an educator’s voice about passion and innovation is silenced. Once again, my story will not be shared. Why?
Why are we afraid to let teachers share their stories? Why can we not give educators the platform in which to get their message out to an audience that isn’t fellow educators? Why must we continue to watch our profession be negatively highlighted in the media due to the salacious indiscretions of a select few? Why are our words falling on deaf ears?
I’m left with more questions than answers right now. Oh, and the story that I won’t get to share. Again.