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Back-to-School Blues

Hobo Teacher returned to school the other day to find that his school e-mail address had been revoked - which briefly led him to wonder whether he had been fired and to partake of daydreams in which, free of his teacherly burdens, he is hiking in New Zealand or building wooden tables in a restored farmhouse. But of course the e-mail problem turned out to be only a technical snafu. He writes sighingly:

Soon I found myself back in reality, working for a paycheck I can give to my student loans with only the apathy and snide remarks of my students to keep me going.

But hey, man, you could still probably try building the tables, at least. (Not unrelatedly, in our recent interview with him, Rafe Esquith says the first thing he says to teachers who feel burnt-out is: "What are you doing in your life that you enjoy doing?")

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