Diane Ravitch posted a letter from a 15-year teaching veteran who just quit. The person wrote, among other things:
There is not a teacher in America who SUPPORTS this corporate reform. Individually, we all vehemently oppose it; our blood boils because of it; we know it’s toxic. Collectively, however, we DO support it. We support it each & every day, no matter how it contradicts our entire pedagogy. No matter how much it sucks to live life like that…going against the core of who we are, we obey the rules. WHY? WHY ARE WE CONTINUING TO BE EVER-SO-OBEDIENT?
I spent over 2 years desperately seeking that answer to that very question; only to become more & more unable to – & that’s why i resigned.