THE GREAT PUMPKIN
Just in time for Halloween and the annual showing of the Peanuts animated classic, Mrs. Cornelius compares teachers to the eternally optimistic Linus:
My Great Pumpkin is the day when we are given the tools to do our jobs, when students are told that education is the priority by our society and by their families, when politicians behave as though education, culture, and civic virtue are the most important priorities that society can bestow upon its citizens. I don't need all kids to speak English, I don't need all kids to be angels or geniuses-- I'll take all comers if we just had these three things.
That's certainly a lot more hopeful than the equally apt (on some days, at least) Charlie-Brown-kicking-the-football metaphor.