In reaching for solutions to our education problems, we have silenced the voices of those who matter most. We are seeing across the United States -- and in many countries around the world -- the disenfranchisement of our teachers.
As an inventor, I've made more mistakes than I care to mention. To me, that is the greatest missed opportunity in education. I'd go as far to say we should award marks for good mistakes. Success may satisfy, but failure drives a hunger.
So the intermediate Gatsby is, as it turns out, not Gatsby at all -- it's something 67-pages long that panders to possessors of feeble vocabularies, probably the types of kids who vomit before standardized tests.
As a teacher who has students write research papers on the American Civil Rights Movement, I was stunned to find out that I am on the wrong side of the great civil rights issue of our time. It has to be true. Mitt Romney says so.
Like most teachers I've gotten some praise from my high school students over my 26 years of teaching. But the truth is I wasn't a "good teacher." I was a "failure," at least according to America's education reformers.