Other subjects discussed included the state of the profession of teaching itself, including debates in California over teacher tenure and Teach for America, a program that trains high-achieving college graduates for six weeks and then places them in disadvantaged classrooms — a program Sutton described as “insulting.”
“Like it or not, our profession is political,” she said. “And to care for it* we must be political too.”
* By “it”, she’s referring to their tenured, over-paid jobs, not the students she’s indoctrinating. Which, in turn, means keeping charter schools and “untrained” teachers from threatening her hegemony.
We have met the enemy, and it is Carol Sutton and the NEA.