The first and only time I met Bill de Blasio there was just something about the encounter where I thought this is someone who really might not be listening. When I subsequently called his office for help for Jamaica High School, not surprisingly we got nowhere.
News came from Staten Island this week that does not shock me at all. Mayor de Blasio took a position against teachers speaking out on education policy.
This is from silive.com.
An IS 61 teacher asked de Blasio why teachers are under a "gag order" not to speak ill about state tests, when teachers elsewhere encourage their students to opt out of tests.
"Think of what it would lead to" if teachers openly criticized every education policy they disagreed with, de Blasio said.
It would lead to a better school system if someone in power actually listened to working teachers.
It would improve education immensely if teachers had our free speech rights respected. Free speech is necessary in a healthy democracy. It is stifled regularly these days.
We'll keep trying to exercise those free speech rights here. For example, I very much doubt I will be supporting the Mayor's reelection. Also, I totally oppose de Blasio keeping control of the school system..