We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent

NEA president-elect Lily Eskelsen García, after praising those who have supported and worked in concert with her, concluded NEA’s 152nd Annual Meeting with a strong message to those “who don’t know what they’re talking about”: We will not be silent.

“We,” of course, refers to the three million educators who know what’s best for students, learning, and the teaching profession.

The former Utah Teacher of the Year spoke of the practices from the likes of moviemakers, billionaire brothers, and conservative politicians who have made poor decisions on behalf of U.S. students.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia

“People who don’t know what they’re talking about are talking about increasing the use of commercial standardized tests in high-stakes decisions about students and about educators…when all the evidence that can be gathered shows that it is corrupting what it means to teach and what it means to learn,” Eskelsen García told the delegate assembly.

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One Response to “We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent”

  1. Karen Metzold Kemp

    Lily,
    Congratulations on your new position. I remember you from my early days with UEA ( I was a Kindergarten teacher with 29 students in my class) and then with the ULRC.
    Although I am no longer in public education (I do continue to consult), I whole-heartedly agree with your stance on the common core and standardized evaluations. It is time to take back education from the business pundits who have never taught a child to read, let alone think critically.
    All the best as you take over the reign as NEA president. Regards, Karen Metzold Kemp

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