PLATFORM : What Teachers Need
I think a lot of us sat there thinking, “All right, come on, give your 10-minute speech and then we’re gonna rip you to shreds!” And he gave his 30-second speech--"Glad you guys could be here. You tell me what you want.”
Everybody sat there, thinking “Whoa! We’re supposed to give you the word.” A little bit of our time was wasted, because when a bunch of teachers get together, we bitch about everything.
For the record:
12:00 AM, Jun. 22, 1990
I think where his Administration is coming from, money is not the solution. They’re searching: “Can you give us any ideas that are not going to cost?” There are some things where we need more money--a lot more--some things where we need a little bit more.
Somebody brought up that our class sizes are too big. But what this guy is going to do about that would be zip. But he listened! If he hears this everywhere in the country, somewhere along the line he has to say, “Wow, there seems to be a universal complaint by people in the field.”