Recently, I received the following note from a former student, "[y]ou were a great teacher. I thought you were hard. And I didn't really like you. But over time I realized you were challenging us. And I respected you."
I am thankful not only that my school trust in my ability to do my job, but also that my students trust that I hold their best interest at heart and that I will work hard to serve them in whatever capacity they need.
Students must learn to grapple -- both now and in the future -- with a question central to the spirit and heart of democracy, a question both simple and profound, straight-forward and twisty: what's your story? How will you find the voice to tell it fully and fairly?
Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.
Online learning platforms are making traditional schools better by making good teachers great teachers -- they identify and meet the needs of individual students allowing each to move at his/her own pace.
Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.