Yesterday John Wink hosted a Twitter challenge called #LoveMySchoolDay where he invited educators across the country and around the world to celebrate their schools and share out moments, ideas, photos, etc. of why they love their schools.
In many ways, educators have lost the battle of public relations when it comes to our schools. Part of the blame rests with the insatiable appetite of American media outlets for negative stories about schools. In Rick DuFour’s In Praise of American Educators, he catalogs the relentless assault on public schools by media outlets that portray schools as havens of failure and low expectations.
At the same time, part of the responsibility for what others think about our schools rests with us, the educators who are responsible for them. Yes, failing schools exist. But thousands of thriving, safe, and productive schools serve students everyday too. The problem is that so many of those wonderful moments are never shared beyond the walls of our schools. Continue reading