Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who bothers to read this little blog, all those who've contributed to it, and all those who took time out from their Thanksgiving Day to read this.

We have a lot to be thankful for. We have the best job in the world. There is no greater privilege than that of influencing, guiding, and helping our young people. I'm very proud to be a teacher, and all teachers have much to be proud about.

Though they trash us in the media, though we're used as a political football, and though the President of the United States sees fit to use us as his Sister Souljah moment, we move on and do the important work we've chosen, day after day.

Of course it's not easy. And of course many of us are suffering from the disaster that rocked the east coast three short weeks ago. But we're smarter and tougher than our detractors, and like the truth, we will prevail. I have no doubt.

But it's on us to make sure of that. We can rest this weekend, but there is a lot of work to do. We must confront the demagogues with the inconvenient truth at every turn. We must be unafraid to speak, to write, to show up where we are needed.

We must make our voices heard. Because one voice won't suffice. There isn't just one voice, and there isn't just one way of speaking.

Just like there isn't just one turkey. Some people just don't like turkey. But there's a turkey for everyone out there anyway.
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