I didn't know that I was ultimately hurting her chances of forming real, lasting, and positive habits. Why do we, teachers or otherwise, cling so closely to the image of the teacher as a lonely savior?
When I was in elementary and middle school, it never occurred to me that teaching was actually a job. I thought of my teachers as simply people who arrived at school earlier than I did and stayed later.
Working in the public trust must remain profound work. It has to mean an understanding that your work matters more than making widgets, and that the seriousness of purpose with which you undertake your work must matter.
If a former teacher has his way, the game will change forever in Missouri schools. The students will still have their constitutional rights -- it is the teachers who will have to shed theirs at the door.