In the current decade, however, that apple has been pureed into a sauce so putrid and rancid not even a buzzard could digest it.
|Let the testing begin . . .|
I thought I was overstating my case in order to strengthen it.I was wrong. In the last week, I've spoken with high-school teachers, students, parents and staff, and the situation is much worse than I thought.
But today, I have good news for you. Miracles really do happen. Even though "the State" and many (but not all) school administrators, have gone out of their way to hobble their lowly servants, great teachers still find ways -- that cannot be tested or Marzanofied -- to change the lives of their students for the better. And, as you will see eventually, terrible teachers can do that as well.
Here are a few responses (there will be more in later posts) from my Facebook friends when I asked them to tell me about immeasurable gifts they received from their teacher(s). I have omitted names, except for one, and I only then because the responder paid me $75:
|"Do NOT open booklets till you're told to do so."|
"A great teacher shows respect for students, and is honest with them. It was nice to be treated like we already had the ability to figure everything out, but then were given some extra tools to work on solving things a little more efficiently. It was nice just to be treated like we were on equal ground with our teachers and that there was something new to be heard from us, as well. Being treated like a person still while being a lousy student -- I can't tell you how much that has meant to me over the years."
|Do NOT eat this!|
"I liked learning that [works of art] can be interpreted in so many ways. and letting those interpretations be realized instead of waving them off because they weren't on the test. They're valid even if they might translate into a 'wrong answer.'"
"My professor came up to me and said that I seemed quiet but I was a 'simmering teapot' and she couldn't wait to see what I did with my life. It still means so much to me that she said that. She was passionate, kind, and interesting and always found a way to connect with us on a human level."
*Maude is first seen eating an apple under a tree. Get it?
|See? There's always hope. Oh, and this isn't Maude.|