No doubt many have heard about Mark Johnson’s letter to State Board member James Ford. EdNC.org (as well as many other outlets) has a post concerning it.
And in a tweet sent out to its followers concerning what happened, EdNC asked,
“Will Superintendent Mark Johnson’s letter have a chilling effect on other teachers who see what’s happening to State Board member James Ford?”
The answer for this teacher is an emphatic “NO!”
If Mark Johnson had 1/100th of the professional integrity that James Ford has and used just 1/100th of it yesterday, he would have never even thought about writing that letter much less sent it.
Teachers should not be afraid to call out this state superintendent when his actions have shown an aversion to helping public schools and a fear of healthy engagement with teachers.
The only chilling effect that comes from Mark Johnson is the cold shoulder he constantly shows to the NC public school system.
If ever there needed to be a time for teachers to heard and for public school advocates to voice truth, it is now.