The Responsibility to Publish

While I am dazzled by the extraordinary qualities of teachers, I have not failed to notice a serious flaw, one which deprives communities, universities, and teaching organizations of the contributions teachers can and must make to the profession. You have a major responsibility to write about your philosophy, your theories, your techniques, and your successes. What you feel may not be worth writing about because it is “run of the mill” or “not unusual” will give other experienced teachers the knowledge that you share their points of view, and beginning teachers the insights and skills they need to cope with an extremely complex and difficult assignment.

I urge you, please, to raise your voices at meetings and, above all, to lift your pens. [Professional] publications need and will welcome your suggestions and recommendations.

Mary Finocchiaro
March 1974