Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.
For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.
Your alarm goes off at 7 a.m. sharp. You decide to hit the snooze button. The alarm stops and you let out a sigh of relief, letting your heavy lids drift shut for a few more minutes. Only, it isn't a few more minutes. You startle awake and have a mini panic attack. You know you won't have time to get ready, so what should you do?