This came across my desk this morning -- thought it might be of interest. APRIL 1, 2010 ANTLERVILLE, USA - Responding to recent events in the education world, including massive budget cuts, closing schools, a flurry of pink slips, checked-out parents, overtaxed administrators, and the DOE's continued support of "high stakes" testing in the face of mountains of evidence that it doesn't work, area teacher Madeline Suffolk snapped. "This is preposterous!" she shouted after it was announced that her state has slashed its education budget by another 40%. "I can't sit by and watch this for one more second!" Mrs. Suffolk, 61, hastily packed her bags and flew off to Washington DC. There, she set up a podium and some loud speakers in front of the Washington Monument and proceeded to tweet her friends . . . who tweeted their friends . . . who tweeted their friends, and by that afternoon, every teacher who still cared about his or her job was en route to the Great Mall or tuning in via UStream. The next day, Mrs. Suffolk approached the podium and cleared her throat. An estimated 2 million educators erupted into cheers lasting for a good five minutes. Several groups in the crowd broke into chants of "Two, four, six, eight! It's our job to educate!" Others held aloft banners that read, "Competition: Great for Basketball, Sucks for Education." President Obama and DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, who had spent the afternoon shooting hoops, were returning to the White House when they encountered the throngs. Still in their gym shorts and hi-tops, the president and secretary wandered into the gathering. "What's going on here?" asked Secretary Duncan to a crowd of teachers. "How wonderful to see you here!" said area middle school teacher, John Paulson. "We are all passionate about education and learning," Madeline Suffolk began, tentatively at first. "Why else would we be doing this? It's certainly not for the glamorous lifestyle! It's for the KIDS." The crowd kept roaring. "As passionate educators, we should be proud of who we are and what we've accomplished, especially in the face of all this insanity!" Suffolk paused to collect her thoughts, "We are now at a crisis in this country's history, and something must change." The crowd hushed as Suffolk's voice grew stronger. "The unions and the districts are bickering like dysfunctional parents, while the superintendents run around in circles trying to keep order. Then there are the parents, who are either asleep or obsessing about their kids' test scores - never mind if their kids are actually learning anything. And we're expected to discipline these kids, teach them to the standards, like robots--and watch out if you start to get creative or do any sort of differentiated instruction! All while we wait, wondering who's gonna get pink-slipped next? And what happens to the dead-weight teachers who create roadblocks to progress and give the rest of us a bad name while they count down to their pensions? And don't get me started on merit pay! Education is not a 'Survivor' episode! Pitting teachers against each other only creates a more fractured environment, at a time when we need unity more than ever!!" Mrs. Suffolk paused and took a deep breath. "All of us--each and every one of us who cares about education--must stop the infighting and focus. We must collaborate. Race to the Top is flawed on so many levels, but the one thing it will help states do is streamline and work togethe so that systemic change can be designed with all the pieces in place. We must use technology and project learning in the classroom whenever we can. We must teach social and emotional learning and differentiated instruction whenever we can. We must use comprehensive assessment and engage in teacher development whenever we can. We must never forget that teaching is the most dignified and crucial profession of our time. Most importantly, we must not give up. Never, not ever!" As the crowds erupted into another 10-minute cheer, Duncan and Obama looked at each other, and wept. Meanwhile, the twitterverse turned to a tempest of tweets, and bloggers began to brainstorm. Teachers across the nation met in parks and coffeeshops to organize and strategize - not to protest, but to produce. Supportive, proactive networks formed within districts, including parents, administrators and teachers collaborating together with the kids to focus on 21st century skills. When Mrs. Suffolk returned to her classroom the next day, her students had hung a giant sign in the hallway that read, "Mrs. Suffolk for President!" She smiled as she entered the classroom and glimpsed their beaming faces.