The recent debates about school funding and public employee benefits have teachers in Michigan feeling defensive. South Lyon East High School Social Studies teacher Keith Kindred has these thoughts:
Last year about this time, I did a commentary for Michigan Radio describing the copious amount of time I had to think while I proctored state proficiency exams given to high school juniors. You may remember I used much of that time to reflect on all the wrath being directed at teachers.
Recent events in Wisconsin, Ohio, and even here in Michigan suggest I may have been prescient in recognizing how severe the disconnect between teachers and the public had become, but they also prove that my plea fell on deaf ears. Clearly, the anger I observed a year ago was but a preview and, moreover, my attempt to plead for both common sense and common ground was a failure.
So in the spirit of perseverance that all good teachers instill in their students, I want to try again.
Ready? Okay, here goes: Are people insane?