To think you can remain silent and do your part by being the best teacher you can be is just plain wrong. To quote Dr. Rella, “The barbarians are already inside of the walls.”
Continue to be that great teacher, but realize that it is not ok for the children in your care to be subject to an inferior education and harmful reforms. You should always want more for your students. Common Core and its testing do not inspire greatness and as many can attest to, children are being hurt. Common Core is a path of destruction we should be guiding all children away from- in the same way Gates, Duncan, and John King have made certain their own children are not subject to this nonsense.
The silence of teachers comes with a penalty that no child should pay.
We are the adults. We are the voice for our children. Start shouting!