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Memo to Striking Teachers

Kirby Urner
4 min readNov 7, 2023


Given my location and focus, Portland (Oregon) and curriculum development respectively, you might imagine I’m seeing the current teachers’ strike (in November 2023) as an opportunity to market my services.

That would not be quite right though, because there’s no circuit directly connecting public schools with private sector entrepreneurial types with strong curriculum ideas like me. That’s because public schools require a lot of standardization, and the bureaucracy around curriculum selection is much more centralized. What I do is work through lobbies, partly just to create some buzz.

In addition, no law prevents me from doing outreach to the teachers directly, offering enrichment courses, of the type offered by PSU under the heading of professional development. A few hours in such courses per year might even be required to maintain teacher certification, I’m not sure. I’m not offering accreditation, only some fresh ideas.

What do I want to reach out about? What’s so special about “my” curriculum? Hint: it’s not just mine.

We already have Model United Nations, and Model NATO (in select schools) so why do we need to discuss World Game? Why would we disrupt an already packed mathematics track with new exhibits?

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