Why are teachers and students judged by the worst of each?
Each time I read an article or scan the comments sections of those articles, students and teachers are judged by the lowest common denominators. Ignored are the valedictorians, the Honors Society Members, the Debate champions, the Knowledge Bowl victors, and AP successes. Overlooked are the mentor teachers, Teachers of the Year, program innovators, and community revered.
I watch levies and bonds fail, budgets cut, and confidence dwindle, but rare is the article of praise or success. The conspiracy theorist in me feels like the news media is against us educators, but the realist in me knows we need to trumpet our own successes as well.
Am I alone in these observations?