I had a recent conversation with a teacher, and she thought certain things about me based on this blog and what we were talking about. She assumed I was a teacher. I am not a teacher. At least not in the classroom sense. I am not beholden to any administration, educators association, or state department. I am beholden to my son, and his educational well-being.
This gives me latitude and the ability to operate without fear of certain kinds of retribution. It’s very easy for me to sit here and type these words. It’s easy for me to tell people to rise and speak with one voice. But I understand it is not that easy for you. Besides being a teacher, you are also wives and husbands, fathers and mothers, you have parents, grandparents and nieces and nephews. Some of these people depend on you to feed them, or clothe them.
There is a movement going on in Delaware. It’s been a slow thing, waiting for this to happen. But it is happening, right here, right now. For far too long, the darkness has blocked us from seeing the truth. Fear has left the operations and machinations of the nefarious to be shrouded in darkness. But one by one, the light is beginning to shine through the cracks they have unwittingly exposed. Perhaps it is their own guilty conscience that has allowed this to happen.
I see a time when all is exposed. When all the cards are put on the table. When we can sift through the rubble and rebuild, and make something new. But we can’t get there until more people speak. Until they use the very gifts bestowed upon them to educate our children. We need you to teach us out of the darkness. The greatest accomplishments in history were when great men and women went beyond the call of duty. When they would not remain stifled in the dark and shone their light on the world.
As parents, we want you to say no. We want you to do what is best for our children. We want you to teach. We are tired of the iron fist that is hanging above you, every second of the day. We are exhausted from you being forced to do things you do not want to do. We need you to rise. But more than that, we need you to speak. We need you to tell your stories, from the past and the present. Fear is a powerful thing. It allows us to become paralyzed and unable to move. But the truth will set you free. Untangle yourself from the web created by those who believe fear is more important than truth. Become your destiny.