The crowd was large and impressive, and the points that were made by the speakers motivated us and served to bring our issues to the forefront so that others might ask questions about the gobble-de-gook that is passing for education theory in public discourse today.
It was especially fun for me to see the Wisconsin teachers who I have been watching, admiring, and openly supporting from a very long distance this winter show up in force for this march. There was a particular energy and certainty among these teachers that energized me and the whole rest of the crowd. The energy seemed to come from practice that had yielded results. The certainty was from having been forced to clarify their position and approach in the face of a sudden turn of political events in Wisconsin. I also believe that their boldness and certainty came from the support that many of us have given them in our blogs and on Twitter. The Twitter hashtags #wearewi and #wiunion were prevalent on Twitter during this last winter and even now. I encourage you to continue or start using them.
That fight is also our fight. The same forces that are doing so much to harm Wisconsin teachers are also pushing our own legislatures nation-wide to do the same things.
When the march itself formed up and began to move toward the White House, I found myself drifting in and among the Wisconsin teachers. It was really fun to be with this group, so experienced, determined and passionate about our cause.
And, finally this from Matt Damon who makes a point about how the skills that he learned and values that he values the most can NOT be tested: