I've known Megan for a few years now. She's a big cheerleader for MORE, and you can see that when she instructs us to come to the next meeting. I've seen her give such instructions multiple times. But she also zeroes in on what makes this a special and unique movement. MORE is not just Jia, or Megan, or anyone. It really is a working group of teachers with diverse backgrounds and beliefs, and it really is open.
I don't agree with everything MORE does, and everyone who shows up. But I've come to see that it doesn't matter. Small things keep us apart, but big things, like supporting our brothers and sisters in tumultuous times, are universal. We're all in this pressure cooker situation, with guns to our heads saying, "Be highly effective or else!" Michael Mulgrew says it's wonderful. Of course, he hasn't got teachers coming to him on a daily basis telling him how tortured they are. If you've signed a loyalty oath, and all you value are free trips to Schenectady and your after school gig at UFT HQ, you don't bother the President with such things.
Megan hasn't signed the oath. That's why she not only knows what teachers are feeling, but is also free to talk about it. And we need people who will see and tell the truth. Without that, how are we going to fix our problems? Mulgrew thought is was wonderful when we added junk science to our evaluations, and boasted of helping to write the law that enabled it. He thought it was wonderful when we "won" the right to be evaluated by all 22 parts of Danielson, and also thought it was wonderful when we reduced it to 8. In fact, when junk science rises from 40 to 50%, when outside evaluators who know neither us, our schools nor our students, when stakes become even higher, Mulgrew thanks the legislators for having passed the law that enables it.
Michael Mulgrew is not a teacher, has not been one for years, and has never worked under Danielson. Megan has. Megan talks to everyone, and Megan doesn't live in the UFT Unity bubble. That's why she sees, knows and lives what we're going through. Megan thinks we are all in this together, and that we all have to work together to improve it. And unlike Mulgrew, Megan invites you to come and participate. She doesn't ask you to sign an oath to agree with her.
The loyalty oath is a vestige of an old and dead system. It's a cement wall that blocks out and crushes teacher voice. It's the flip phone that Michael Mulgrew uses so the present cannot intrude on his comfortable indifference to what working teachers experience every day. Megan is the future, and she invites you to join her as we work and fight together to improve it.
I'm proud to stand for change with Megan. It's time to stop reading the propaganda, stop being afraid and stand for what we know to be right. Opt-out is the wave of the future. We're all in the water and Michael Mulgrew is still stuck on a bench trying to tie his roller skates. We're running an opt-out leader for President and we are not afraid. We're tired of being afraid. We're tired of having a leader who wants to punch us in the face if we don't support his pet corporate reforms.
If you want to move into the future with us, you'll have to break down, get offline for a moment, and use a US mailbox. Fill out the ballot you've got or will get in the mail. Tear off the front page, check the MORE-New Action box, place it in the secret envelope, place it in the main envelope, fill out your info and drop it in that big blue box.
When we win, we'll move the vote to your school because we want to encourage rather than discourage your participation. Meanwhile, listen to Megan, and VOTE.