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  •  Please, don't denigrate the whole community (none)
    We have read the research, re-read this thread.  Of course the number one factor is having a highly qualified, passionate teacher in the classroom.

    Please do not needlessly denigrate the Dkos community.

    Now, how do you get great teachers in the classroom.  Read my post above.  It ain't easy because what makes a great teacher is not the system.

    It is more personal than that.  What makes a great lawyer?  What makes a great doc?   What makes a great politician?  We're into intangibles here.

    Vilsack can offer me 100K to go to Des Moines and set his honors lit classes on fire and you know what?:  I would not go.  Why?  It's not about money to me.  I have a life and a community around Minneapolis that I love.  And, in addition, after 15 years, I have graded and commented on enough English papers to fill an entire classroom from floor to ceiling.  (I kid you not.)  At some point, 90% of teachers burn out from all the work, the bullshit and the grind of the schedule.

    Of course, teachers are the Alpha and the Omega of education.  But you are still in nowhere's ville my good friend because you have not found a way to get them to the classroom and make them happy for 35 years.  It's not just money, it's not just professionalism,  it's not just leadership, it's not just smaller classes.  It's about human beings, something far more complex and unpredictable.

    That's reality-based.  

    Education? Teaching? NCLB? Read my book _Becoming Mr. Henry_

    by Mi Corazon on Mon Oct 10, 2005 at 08:11:30 AM PDT

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