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  •  Sorry. (0+ / 0-)

    It just seemed so unreal that you would be placed in the position of abject hopelessness, then sit down and write about it.

    O.K.  Now, start writing to your representatives at every level constantly to get them off their asses.  Start writing letters and essays for publication in national journals and newspapers.  Put all your experiences in words using much voice and colorful anecdotes.

    Publish a book on LuLu or Barnes & Noble.  Get the message out.  Don't hold back.

    You can find my outputs at www.texasprogressivevoice.org.

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 12:40:53 PM PST

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    •  OK. (0+ / 0-)

      The piece is meant to be more reflective than anything else. I'm not in a "position of abject hopelessness," I just care deeply about these issues.

      Most of what I'm writing here stems from some bad experiences I had in the middle of my teaching career; years 5 and 6, to be exact. I left the school where I taught for years 1-4 and developed a successful method and approach to curriculum and assessment, but the school where I taught in year 5 tore it to pieces. It was like the Bizarro World; everything I had done successfully in years 1-4 was suddenly unacceptable and wrong. Year 6, in a different place, was not much better; the English teachers were for some reason required to teach Social Studies content and forbidden to mention anything else. I committed the cardinal sin of using Star Wars as a companion piece to The Odyssey, to help teach the elements of classical myth, and the principal determined to get rid of me as a result.

      Ironically, it was in years 7-13, when I was working toward leaving the profession, that I did my best teaching, having learned from those bad experiences.

      •  Where did all this occur? (0+ / 0-)

        "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

        by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:31:26 PM PST

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