for reasons probably not worth explaining, I just had occasion to reread the Press Release put out by Prince George's County Public Schools when I won my Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher award. It reminds me again of why I wanted to be in a classroom, so I thought I would share them here.
Do with them what you want.
“I believe that unless the United States can maintain vibrant and viable public schools, we run a real risk that our experiment in democracy will fail. Like Jefferson, I believe that democracy cannot function successfully without an informed and participatory citizenry,” said Bernstein. “As a teacher, I believe that all students can show mastery of every subject at some level (thank you Jerome Bruner for this idea), that students have different kinds of minds/intelligence (thanks, Howard Gardner), and should be expected to succeed. I'm still learning what it means to be a teacher, as I am still learning what it means to be a human being.”