Blog Series: Public School Peaks and Portraits



Each March the blog, Two Writing Teachers, hosts a daily writing challenge called Slice of Life.  I mentioned in an earlier post that my buddy blogger, Sarah and I were going to take on this challenge.  Full confession, we’ve posted twice in five days.  BUT, it’s because we got this idea–to streamline our blog postings into a single focus so it didn’t seem like random daily ramblings into one’s life each day.

Considering the variety of classrooms I’m able to connect to and the wide array of students Sarah sees each day in her English classes, we decided it would be much more powerful to share student stories.  To report from the “front lines” if you will the incredible fortitude and purpose students bring the classroom each day.  In spite of what the media and government attempt to convey about our public schools, they are largely missing the boat.

Likewise, we read the NY Times article, “Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools?” and were inspired to refocus our readers to the importance of the investing in the public good, rather than oneself.  In their infancy, as great civilizations began to rise up, “‘Public’ stood for not just how something was financed-with the tax dollars of citizens — but for a communal ownership of institutions and for a society that privileged the common good over individual advancement.

a society that privileges the common good over individual advancement.

The vastness and diversity present among our public schools systems hold great power for bringing this ideal back to the forefront.  Sarah and myself feel charged to share these stories.  Whether it’s sharing the humanity and hearts of our students or the solidarity and community among our districts, the “peaks and portraits” must be shared.  Our days cannot continue to play out behind closed doors, perpetuating the idea that what goes on behind them is bad or less than.

We’re going to take you inside our lives as public school educators, and we could not feel more proud to do this work.  If you have any stories you’d like us to share, please reach out!

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