… por sugestão da A. C.:

Education Activism Begins With Teachers

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The dismissive attitude I once held toward teaching can most likely be attributed to the prevailing stereotypes that exist in our society regarding the profession. In books, movies, newspapers, or even in everyday conversation, one generally expects to find the teacher archetype to be either the overworked, underpaid, heroic missionary (think “Freedom Writers”), or the lazy, unqualified, system-drainer (think “Bad Teacher”).

Rarely are teachers portrayed as experts or authorities in their field. Rarely are doctors, lawyers, social workers, pharmacists or other highly educated professionals subject to the same level of scrutiny or stereotyping as teachers are. This perceived lack of professional respect did not appeal to me—nor did the unreachable standards of the “hero” teacher I had read about and seen so frequently exalted.