Brace yourselves! This is going to be a little hard to chew. Yesterday, I was thinking of a book I read many years ago; “If you don’t feed the teachers they eat the students” Connors (2000) Incentive Publications. The book is designed as a guide for school administrators. The idea is to help administrators enable teachers to create a classroom environment where they are “encouraged to take risks and act as coaches”. I believe that for a person to take risks she needs to have some freedom, right? However, in the last three years I have experienced the fact that teachers have less and less autonomy. I used to believe teachers had some self-determination, but I had to face reality. They do not.
If teachers work in an environment where equity is an issue, would they able to offer equitable classroom for their students?