December 30, 2014
Dear Time Magazine,
No, I will not be renewing my subscription. Your sensationalistic November 3rd cover fed a public fire of anti-teacher rhetorical and sentiment churning for the past four or five years. Your cover, black and white in both its design and message, wounded.
I eagerly read Nancy Gibb’s editorial response hoping the response from fellow teachers would have an impact, but I saw no acknowledgement the artwork was a mistake. Nancy Gibb’s sentence, “We view education as crucial to America’s success, and it concerns me if teachers who have not had a chance to read our coverage have heard it mischaracterized” assumes outcry was solely due to the article, which was, in truth, more nuanced than the cover. She ignores the cover, the most visible and displayed aspect of the magazine.
Teacher tenure does deserve discussion, and if Time really did value, as Nancy Gibb’s states, its mission to “spur discussion of important issues,” Time would include interviews from educators and it would look at issues such as the financing of the various movements to chip away at public education. “Making the story free for all readers on TIME.com” does not spur informed discussion; it simply makes the monied interest’s message more available.
So, no, Time. I will not renew my subscription.