In college, students are encouraged to share their opinions, keep debates lively, and play the devil’s advocate. You have likely noticed this is not the case at your school’s faculty meetings. School meetings tend to be top-down affairs: Administrators deliver information from the front of the cafeteria or auditorium, and teachers sit silently on the receiving end. Should you try to change this dynamic? Should you be the one to speak out? Should you lead the way in challenging high-level decisions, thus taking a stand for your educational beliefs and proving to administrators and colleagues alike that even new teachers deserve a place at the decision-making table?
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