When we first developed the idea for Paradigm Teaching Journal, we encountered teachers afraid of writing and publishing about the profession for fear of retaliation from their administration and school districts.
This concern not only came from non-tenured teachers who labor under the fear of a "principal fit" firing, but late-career teachers who have worked years for their position and respect and don't want to jeopardize that, and rightly so.
In neither of these cases is the teacher at fault, but rather the system is at fault. And what's more, we believe education as a whole suffers, when professional teachers are afraid to write and publish as professionals.
In looking for the middle ground, we came up the idea for a feature called From the Teacher's Lounge, a way to publish teachers who wish to remain anonymous, for any reason.
We all know that the teacher's lounge, at least in the public eye, is a place where we teachers go to complain about our jobs: the long hours, the horrible students and parents, other teachers, the crappy pay, but we argue that real concerns and issues are discussed in this place and seek to reclaim it for what it actually is: a time when professional teachers can come together and discuss, without an agenda or paperwork, the profession we've chosen.
To inaugurate this idea, we've published our first From the Teacher's Lounge piece: "College and Career Readiness is Meaningless."
It is our mission to authenticate the language of professional teachers. To do that we need as many teachers writing and publishing as possible. From the Teacher's Lounge makes room at the table for every teacher to write without fear. We hope you will submit.
The Radical Professional
Christopher McCurry is the editor of Paradigm Teaching Journal. Check here for his updates on the journal and opinions on teaching.