Over the past several years the narrative around public education has grown increasingly negative, and young people are often discouraged from going into the profession at all. One of the main goals of the Young Teachers Collective is to amplify the voices of new and future teachers. We started the #WhyTeach campaign to provide new and future teachers with the opportunity to share their reasons for becoming a teacher despite all of the negative rhetoric. It is a way to reassert our place in the conversation around education and the teaching profession by allowing us the chance to share our thoughts, experiences and visions for the future of education. Because quite frankly we are the future of education.
So are you a new or future teacher that has decided to go into teaching regardless of all of the voices telling us to find another profession? We would love for you to join our campaign! First, write down your reasons for going into the profession and tag it with #WhyTeach. Next, take a photo of yourself with your reason. And lastly, send it to us along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sharing images on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all day and will continue sharing throughout the following week. And don’t forget to follow the #WhyTeach hashtag. We can’t wait to hear from you.
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“I teach to grow students’ creative power. We need both imagination and skepticism to transform our world.
When students are treated solely as objects to be tested, assimilated, and subjugated, schooling not only serves the interests of oppressors but destroys the creative power of children. We can ultimately transcend such a system when young teachers collectively take radical action to ensure the only function of a classroom is to liberate everyone. #WhyTeach
— Daniel Bergerson, 20 – Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Barnard Education Program – New York, NY
“”I teach because I have a vision for the future of public education and a voice to fight for the change I want to see. My students deserve no less.
As future teachers, it is our duty to use our voices and fight to create policies, inside and outside of the classroom, that are in the best interests of our students. We must collectively fight the system that is oppressive to so many and advocate towards our common vision for the future of education.”
~ Mel Katz, 19, Sophomore, The College of New Jersey
“Because young children are the future. They deserve everything we can provide. Positive experiences, nurturing, and encouragement should make up their experiences. Regardless of their background or where they come from, they deserve the best. We must focus on not telling them what to think and instead focus on teaching them how to think for themselves. Teach to Reach!”
– Haley Gray, Miami University Senior, Miami University (OH)
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
“Knowledge is POWER! Education has the power to inspire, to open doors, and to change the future for the better.” #WhyTeach