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A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers

In 1990 Ken Goodman published “A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers” as a front piece of the book The Whole Language Catalog, edited with Yetta Goodman and Lois Bridges.  Two decades later we encouraged Ken to take another look at the Declaration and to add an addendum. The work of teachers remains crucial in the lives of learners, but the political environment typically fails to acknowledge teachers for their professional commitment and their professional competence.

In 2010, the “Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action” adopted Ken’s Declaration as the statement of beliefs of teachers regarding basic principles of good teaching.  Our hope is that teachers everywhere will take to heart the message in the document. It deserves to be read aloud whenever teachers gather. Read it together. Listen to your colleagues.  Your voices need to be heard.

A Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers

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