Glen Brown is a teacher and poet.
In this post he explains why he does not trust Advance Illinois, Stand for Children, or other pseudo-reform groups that do not respect teachers or value genuine education.
Carefully examine the goals of public education. They are not the goals of Stand for Children and Advance Illinois. A teacher does not make a sale or earn a profit. A teacher works with children and young adults. Though we all want the best instruction for our students and children, we do not have to consider riding along with this prevailing wave of attacks on teachers’ autonomy and their rights by corporate factions and their entrepreneurs, such as Jonah Edelman’s Stand for Children and Robin Stean’s Advance Illinois. Why? Because waves will crash to shore no matter how you ride them.