This was my response:
I certainly appreciate your impassioned and “light” educational rhetoric.
Your voice is something, at least, even if it feels redundant.
Let me encourage you not to waiver.
Yes, the fear you speak of is very real, but from my colleagues I also feel a sense of resignation. Almost as if the boulder we push up the hill flattens us each time it rolls back down. My colleagues, like you, are tired – tired of fighting and screaming and pushing for change only to watch their hard work and efforts amount to nothing, their words lost in an echoing abyss. Even the most passionate and optimistic of my teacher colleagues now seem wearied, that spark in their eye far dimmer. This is a bad place to be, and we must change. We must do something.
Improve the status of teachers? Absolutely!
Pay them more? Indeed!
Personally, I am kind of inclined to your notion of justified heated resistance. I think it might be just the thing to rekindle that dimming spark in my colleagues’ eyes.
Please keep this rhetoric coming. I am encouraged to enter this fracas and to do my part in this struggle for respect and rationality.
PS – thanks for the add on twitter!