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Teachers Beat Down: 3 Ways to Fight Back Without Losing Your Job

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Many teachers returning to school this year report a growing sense of powerlessness to effect change and do their jobs. An increasing number of teachers are expressing their disagreement with education policy in a climate that often ignores them. In this segment we talk about how you can find your voice and impact the system without losing your job


Fight Back


Here are the three ways to fight back suggested by our guests:

  1. Power in Numbers: Talk to other teachers in your school and collectively take your concerns to administrators.

  2. Be as knowledgeable as possible.  Before challenging the system, learn as much as you can about policy, and learn to be an advocate from those who already do it.

  3. Be as respectful as possible. Take opportunities to respectfully disagree or challenge. Understand all sides of an issue and clearly and respectfully state your position without making your bosses look bad.

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more on teaching with students at the center.

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