REBLOG: An Open Letter to Campbell Brown from a Teacher on Leave

If I had written this, it would likely include more profanity and personal attacks. So I’m glad Bailey Shawley is a more civilized person than I am.

Life Under the Ponytail

Dear Ms. Brown,

I saw your interview with Stephen Colbert. I wish I could have been one of those protesters outside the studio. You see, I don’t support people who are not educational experts attempting to reform or really even discuss education in such a public forum. That may be because I am a teacher.

I am certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to teach Secondary English for 99 years; in other words, I have earned my permanent certification. I have a Master of Education plus sixty additional graduate credits. I have been in the trenches for eleven years. In those eleven years, I taught English and reading and remedial reading to students in grades seven, eight, nine, ten, and eleven. I also tutored students who were performing below grade level and who were not proficient on our standardized state assessments. I was considered a teacher leader in my building…

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5 thoughts on “REBLOG: An Open Letter to Campbell Brown from a Teacher on Leave

      1. That’s exactly what was last post on my blog was referencing: teachers don’t seem to really have Freedom of Speech. I’m going to be testing the waters in the next couple of days. Stay tuned!


  1. I am a college teacher with many, many years of experience. I got a class of people, ranging from 18 to 26, where I had one person of over-average intelligence, 3 of average intelligence, and the rest (5) with varying degrees of below-average intelligence. I bent over backwards to help them, and, in the end, four of the five idiots said I was a bad teacher. Teaching can be very frustrating. I’m glad I’m a writer and can escape into other worlds at the end of the day.


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