Work for Change
I have been very critical of The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for its failure to oppose the Common Core Standards, and so I want to report some good news. On Nov. 19, 2010, a remarkable thing happened at the 99th annual NCTE convention in Orlando. A motion was brought to the assembled house by Stephen Krashen, Carol Mikoda, Susan Ohanian, and Joanne Yatvin.
Such motions are limited to 50 words. NCTE members vote at such gathering by waving an orange card. So there's no place to hide This motion provoked heated debate and passed by a considerable margin.
Some members pointed out that such a motion means nothing. The Executive Committee is not compelled to do anything. But NCTE prides itself on operating on Knowledge-based governance:
So now the NCTE Executive Committee needs to hear from its concerned membership. Consider drafting a message to them in terms of a knowledge-based concern. If you recently quit because of their failure to act for the needs of children and teachers, tell them you'll reconsider if they show some professional gumption here.
Please note: For its 100th convention, NCTE will return to Chicago, where it was born in 1911 to fight for teacher autonomy and appropriate curricula. The date is November 17-20, 2011, and the convention theme is "Reading the Past, Writing the Future." NCTE vice-president Keith Gilyard is calling for program proposals. The deadline for online proposals is Jan. 19, 2011. (You need to be an NCTE member to use this form.)
The surface mail deadline is Jan. 12, 2011: NCTE 2011 Convention Program, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096.
Faxed proposals are not accepted.
Help NCTE find the way to work for change.
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