Teaching ate me alive – Salon.com

16 Sep

It wasn’t one single incident that made me quit teaching in a public middle school. It was the steady, moldy accumulation of dehumanizing, lifeless, squalid misadventures of which I was a part. Like that time with “Carlos,” to pick an incident more or less at random.

I can’t even remember what it was that happened between Carlos and me. Anger, impatience, frustration, stupidity — and that was just me. Probably just another student who categorically refused to do as he was perfectly reasonably asked — open a book, pick up a pencil, hand in homework — or a teacher’s ineffectual attempts to come up with any good reason at all to learn the Pythagorean Theorem, or some such timeless knowledge. OK! Let’s say you have a ladder leaning against a wall. Suffice to say, our “conversation” ended without closure. But, evidently I said something that upset Carlos. More…

via Teaching ate me alive – Salon.com.

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One Response to “Teaching ate me alive – Salon.com”

  1. Ed Hammer September 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    My thought s can be read in my 2 columns written a year ago. Here are the links http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/politics/teachers_vs_pols.php and http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/politics/cop_vs_teacher.php

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