When my colleague Sarah Martin posted about reading This is Not a Test by Jose Vilson, I saw an opportunity for a bonus read this summer. I had spent all my allotted book money already, but she loaned me the book! (Read her reflection here.)
I feel as though Vilson is calling all of us to use our experiences and knowledge to speak out for better things for education in the United States. He asks us to speak out for our students and to our students. Relate to them and do our best to show them how things could be better. He asks us to speak out for our profession. To elevate things for teachers and for students in the eyes of the public. He also asks us to speak for equality in general. Work against the innate structure of our society to provide privileges to some students rather than others.
It is more an inspiration call than a practical call in that there are not specific suggestions for how to do this. But rather we must each find our own way to speak out and we must find our own things to speak for. It feels like a big challenge, how can I live up to it?