The debates over K-12 education can feel especially hysterical these days, from household uproars over Common Core–inspired math homework to gubernatorial flip-flopping over whether the national standards are any good. But through it all, one of the most knowledgeable and vested groups is too often left out of the conversation: classroom teachers.
A new Slate podcast aims to change that, bringing you the voices and perspectives of teachers, frank and unfiltered. Each episode will feature three teachers discussing a single topic or question. And we need your help.
What would you like us to ask our panel of teachers? Perhaps something policy-oriented: What do teachers think of the growing parental opt-out movement as a form of opposition to standardized testing? Or maybe personal: How do teachers spend their summer breaks? How do they go about picking schools for their own children? Or just plain practical: What’s the single most important thing parents can do to make sure their children arrive at school ready to learn? Whatever you’re wondering about schools, teaching, recess, the Common Core, Obama’s education policies, homework, discipline, or anything else, we’re listening. Fire away.