Public school teachers aren't independent contractors; they're public employees, and need to follow the instructions and curriculum specified by the elected school board--even when they think those decisions are dead wrong.
Having said all that, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this article:
Veteran teachers get no respect from education reformers, writes Paul Karrer in the Californian. The reform movement has rejected teachers’ “vast wealth of experience” for “chants, mantras, beliefs and a bowing before the goddess of data and technology."Veteran teachers can buy into fads just as easily as a newbie can.
What's the solution? Heck if I know. I do what I think is right within the confines of what my bosses tell me to.