Arthur Getzel has been a teacher of special education in New York City since 1978. On his blog, he describes his preparations as the school year begins. It is his last year. He goes shopping for supplies and spends $200 of his own money for necessities. He cleans the classroom to get it ready for his students.

He knows everything is supposed to change this year because of Common Core.

But, he writes:

“Seriously, I do not plan to change the way I teach my students. I will do my best to teach them the skills that they really need to succeed. My goals are for my student to meet their IEP objectives. I care not one iota about this curriculum. I will not teach them goals that are unachievable. Whatever happens will happen. I plan to do my “personal best” as I have done since 1978. I know that for the last 35 years, I have been an effective special education teacher in which most of my career has been with high need students. I taught kids that had everything stacked against them. Yet, I do know many who have made it against all odds. One of my students is a supervisor for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (who has a learning-disabled adolescent) and another is presently a registered male nurse in a large city hospital after spending part of his life in a correctional facility. These former students are real people and not data driven numbers or some TFA made-up anecdote.

“I will tell you one thing. When I retire on July 1, 2014, I am not going to rest. I am just closing a chapter. I plan to begin anew. I plan a chapter in which I will adamantly advocate for disabled children and fight to save the public education system. We retired teachers will become an army to oppose the reformers and privateers. We cannot be intimidated and will not be afraid to speak truth to power.”