if districts and politicians want mathematical formulas to determine teacher tenure and pay, hiring and firing, they might want to look at more than just standardized test results.
Students look to us -- parents, teachers, other adults in their lives -- for structure. They want to be told what to do, much as they may complain about it. But does that justify authoritarian schools?
As Santa, I wondered what to say to these inner-city children who needed so much. A few of them asked for things so simple, so basic, that I had to hold back tears.
Teaching should be pure joy. That so many of us are frustrated and alienated -- some to the point of despair -- is intolerable. We can end the suffering by making 2011 the year of the subversive educator.