About the Book

Thomas Paine’s political declaration in his treatise Common Sense helped direct the energies of the rebels and point the way to American independence from England. Paine enunciated the right of the people to challenge unjust laws and government, offering a solution for Americans disgusted and alarmed at the threat of tyranny.

Hello! My Name is Public School and I Have an Image Problem is inspired by Thomas Paine’s work. There are many parallels between educators today, condemned by blinded reformists, and early Americans, condemned by a blinded Crown. Just as Paine “enunciates... the specific right of the people to challenge unjust laws and an unjust government”, this book enunciates a step-by-step approach to challenging the unjust criticism and accusations of failure by directing the energies of those who work in our schools to step up as ambassadors for America’s public schools and the children they serve.

The authors underscore the power of professional unity and its profoundly positive impact on the profession, and why a culture of brotherhood is an essential element of any successful organization. The forces that weaken public trust and confidence in public education are discussed at length, as well as strategies for restoring public pride, hope, optimism, and confidence in our public schools and in those who dedicate their lives to educating our youth.