A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers
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Teachers and Other Professional Educators

A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers

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      Save Our Schools March

Teachers, it is time to reclaim your profession.  Endorse Kenneth S. Goodman’s A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers!

Since the original publication of the Declaration, the attacks on teachers and public education have escalated dramatically.  In the name of reform, accountability and standards, federal policies have so severely constricted teachers’ ability to exercise their professional judgment to enhance student learning that many have left teaching or chosen a different profession.  Every day, public school teachers nationwide face the real problems of inequitable school funding, childhood poverty, decaying buildings, and test-driven mandates.  Yet, teachers are being blamed for the problems of our public school systems, teacher certification has been devalued, and job security is being unfairly threatened.

We urge all teachers to stand tall in defense of the profession and the welfare of their students. Please read the key points of A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers  below and endorse it now!

To view and download the full Declaration Document please visit Richard C. Owen Publishers at http://www.rcowen.com/rcoprfdv.htm.

Signing this petition is just one step.  Please join your fellow teachers and families at the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/ and become an active supporter of this grassroots organization. 

We are all in this together.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paige Reilly KILLINGWORTH, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I am done with being vilified by government and the media. This is a manufactured crisis to denegrade a once respected profession to lay us low and unable to stand against the onslaught still to come from the privateers. Why is Arne Duncan there? Follow the money....or lack of it if your state's race to the top funds are naught though your entire career is put in jeopardy so your application will be viewed more favorably. But still no funds. I, sadly, at this point can't join my AFT's "educators for Obama 2012" in good conscience. But I can add my voice here and JUST SAY NO! to reclaim OUR chosen profession!

    • Cecile McKnight FPO, AP
      • over 2 years ago

      After 26 years of teaching I still believe our profession is a calling and not something any one can do with enough training.

    • Lynnie Durusky ANGOLA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing to help children more and to stop the unneccessary attacks on teachers! I teach morals, feed, help, raise, communicate ideas, inspire, hand out school supplies etc for you children...which parents are suppose to do! Stop attacking me!

    • Laura Gradman JACKSON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      As a public school teacher for 15 years, I am saddened and discouraged by the lack of respect and confidence I have had to deal with, and it keeps getting worse! We are unable to give our students what they need to succeed in the world as responsible citizens, which is why most of us became teachers in the first place. Very little about today's "educational policies" make any sense to me, in fact, most of them seem to have very little to do with education at all.

    • Nancy Browning COLUMBIA, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      All other professionals are allowed to make decisions based on their expertise, but teachers are often forced to use methods and materials that are harmful to students.


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