April 2008 Archives

It'll be interesting to see if she actually reads the book or is content to pontificate based on the EdWeek capsule. I wonder if she reads books or just pontificates. Posted by Chester Finn on A Place at the Table, March 5, 2008 6:02 Chester Finn was pretty miffed back in March when, after reading an Education Week commentary based on his new book Troublemaker, I suggested he might not have learned as much as he thought during his years as a student (long), teacher (short), and policy wonk (interminable). If I hadn't promised my readers, I wouldn't take ...

My physical therapist has warned me, "Don't get too ambitious." My teaching partner has lectured me, “No one loves a martyr. The world will turn without you.” My principal has told me repeatedly, “Take as much time as you need. I want you back, but I want you back healthy so you’ll live to teach a few more years!” But it’s been 28 calendar days and 15 school days, so on Monday I will go back to school. What’s the big deal? My regular readers may remember that I have been Knee Deep In Guilt since Tuesday, ...

For three weeks, Beth is being me. We are amazingly alike. As women of a certain age we share a birthday and short gray hair, and we are by nature and lifestyle the nurturing type. Our brilliant 29 year old sons and talented 25 year old daughters went through school together for most of their lives. We live near each other, read constantly, love to travel, cook, talk over dinner, and we both think diagramming sentences is entertaining and gratifying. But that’s not why Beth is me. Beth is me because she’s my long term substitute at school ...


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