Karen Horwitz – Teacher to Activist
In 1992, I earned my Masters degree in Reading and returned to teaching after having raised a family only to discover teacher abuse and its deadly effects on this profession. I began working as a teacher activist in 1995, not knowing one other teacher courageous enough to speak publicly.
I persevered as a teacher, while being harassed, so I could document what the administrators were doing, and expose it. I wanted to accumulate proof to show public officials and I have it because I was terminated and had a hearing that fully demonstrates what a disgrace teaching is. (I turned down a multiple six figure offer to go away so I could have this proof.)
Within three years I found one other person who would speak out. Within six years I found three. In 2002, the number grew to approximately ten. Darlene Goodman of New Mexico and I co founded NAPTA in the summer of 2002, so we could locate enough voices to be heard and force change upon our corrupt schools and created a website at EndTeacherAbuse.org. By the fall of 2004, after our web site had been in existence for two years, we had nearly 300 members; by 2007, we had over 700 members. And by 2009 we were well over 1000, with members joining at a greater pace. Currently NAPTA has over 2000 members.
Files Supreme Court Case
Meanwhile, I took my own teacher termination case up through the courts to show just how little justice there is for teachers. I named my case Dread School after the infamous Dred Scott case as both show the worst of what this country can be.
Writes book: White Chalk Crime
And last, but not least, I wrote a book, White Chalk Crime: The REAL Reason Schools Fail
to serve as a guide for all who care about our failing schools, as to how teacher abuse ensures that reform cannot take place.