NEA's Lily Eskelsen Garcia on Teaching, Testing and Fighting Back

The National Education Association has been moving toward a more confrontational response to the push, from Democrats as well as Republicans, for public education to be more and more dominated by standardized testing. That testing is taking over the time students spend in the classroom, as well as being used as a weapon against their teachers—and it’s all a distraction from real problem of inequality. In an interview with Daily Kos, NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia discusses testing and where she wants to take the NEA. Source: Daily Kos

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  • Ann Swisher

    I would like the NEA to campaign to have teachers and Boards of Education and ISD’s making decisions about districts. That’s who knows what the students in the district need. We need to campaign for autonomy from legislators who are not educators. In Michigan, there was legislation to add 30 hours of classroom time this coming year. The argument in my district is whether the teachers should be paid for those 30 hours. This is insane. There should be no consideration to this. Of course the teachers should be paid. Imagine not paying a doctor or lawyer for 30 hours of work. That would never happen.