Diane\'s Blog

Amanda Sheaffer

Ms. Ravitch,

A few months ago I watched you on The Daily Show and subsequently bought your book. I felt validated and empowered by your words as our assessment season in Tennessee quickly approached.

So often I have felt as though classroom teachers have no voice in the education conversation, but in the weeks following your appearance on The Daily Show, I felt a sense of urgency. I wrote a short piece that was actually published by Edweek’s Teacher.

I want to thank you for speaking for children and for teachers. I also want to thank you for prompting me to find my own voice and to actually use it. I am relatively inexperienced, only in my 7th year of teaching, and I hope this will be the first of many opportunities to advocate for children.

Amanda Sheaffer