From inside our car on the way to the #RedforEd rally in Indianapolis yesterday, to the gathering on the Statehouse lawn, to the hallways of the capitol building itself, the signs told our story–more eloquently, more imaginatively, more impactfully than anything except maybe the aerial shot of the sea of teachers dressed in red.
Students, students! What do you see? I see my teachers, fighting for me!
It was cold in the morning, but the predicted rain held off until noon, and even then, the sprinkles didn’t dampen the fervor of the teachers and their supporters nor deter the steady stream of arrivals. As one sign said:
When this many teachers show up, you know you have homework!
- We are here because we love your kids!
- Time to use my teacher voice!
- Don’t stand by! Stand up! Stand strong” Stand together! #RedforEd!
The signs clarified the issues:
- Teach more, test less.
- It’s not a shortage, its a crisis!
- Teachers just wanna have funds!
- Who can justify #100 million every year for standardized testing?
- I’m certified in economics. Do you need my help?
- You wouldn’t be a legislator without educators!
- My students are more than a test score!
- Teach more, test less!
And finally, this one carried by a boy about 9 or 10:
Too many of me, not enough of them!
#Red for Ed! Indianapolis, November 19, 2019 #RedforEd
Some of the teachers from McCutcheon High School