Ask the kids

As teachers, we spend a good portion of our day asking kids questions and getting answers and evaluating the answers. It's been suggested by many that we're asking the wrong questions in trying to transform education, and that may be so. But perhaps we're also asking the wrong people. We hear again and again that teachers are on the front lines of teaching (really, America, can we say anything without a war allusion?) and in spite of that, are being left out of the important decisions being made. We have been. I'll not argue that here. What I will argue is this idea of who is really on the front lines, because if we take that metaphor and break it down to its most basic idea, it's not th