While we were discussing the new evaluation system, I recently asked my superintendent when was the last time he actually taught. He answered, "1978." I find it interesting that many people who taught sometime in their careers refer to themselves permanently as teachers, as sort of a lifetime honorific.
Public education has changed markedly from even a few years ago--and those in the trenches, day in and day out, experience and cope with many changes imposed by those who are no longer or have never been in the classroom.
I think it's time that WEA is led by a classroom teacher, whose direct and substantive experience is the classroom--and not another political operative or bureaucrat whose turn it is simply because he or she has occupied every position, checked every box, and supported the line staff or the party line.