I can name more persons affiliated with education and the reform movement than I care to.
Authors are our rock stars it seems.
I found myself on whatever path I am on because of some unique circumstances, but above all that I’m an educator. I speak out because I’m oftentimes a stubborn person with a lot to say about something I care about deeply. Technology helped me do it. And that’s that.
What I don’t see enough of at this point are the celebrities giving a handout and a leg up to up and comers. Some of us are not wealthy. We don’t have powerful media and financial connections. We just do what we do because it feels good. For me, if it gets me somewhere interesting, and I get to meet interesting people, those are dividends worth the price of admission.
Diane Ravitch is set to appear on the Daily Show this evening, which is great. But she is riding a wave of our creation. All reform heroes owe a serious debt of gratitude to everyone who’s putting their jobs at risk to defend what the see as right and the truth about education.
I’ve done some television interviews, some radio. Perhaps my problem is that I have a hard time promoting things. I don’t want to be THAT guy. When I do get an opportunity to lend my voice, I always name names. I always do what I can in my limited capacity to lift others, to get them on this journey with me.
Maybe it’s different because I don’t have a book to sell. Therefore, what’s the reason I would ever need to appear on MSNBC or something like that? But you best believe that if I or most that I know do ever get that opportunity, you know we will acknowledge those to whom we lend our support.
So, for whatever it’s worth, I’m going to name names. These are my heroes. And if for whatever reason, I forgot you, I’m sorry. I’m doing this from memory right now. I can add more later when I’ve had more sleep. Follow these people, read them, write them, sing their praises from the tallest mountain. And, it must be noted that many out there are reluctant to use their real names. I get that; I didn’t use mine for a while. So I will honor that and only mention those whose names are already public, but not public enough.
That’s why these lists are so freaking dangerous. I know I’m missing someone. I know it, I know it. So, please correct me on the comments, or include someone you think should be mentioned.
And I look forward to learning more names and meeting new people. Remember, you’ll always have friends here, At the Chalk Face.