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Putting School Board Members in the Classroom

An unsigned editorial in the The Ledger of Polk County, Fla., argues that school board members should be required to substitute teach at least three days a month as part of their official duties:

This would give them a real working knowledge of what Polk County teachers are asked to do each day. They would know the caliber of students who share a classroom, they would learn that parent communication is often nonexistent, and they would know the horrors of trying to cram every lesson required into a short day, all the while listening to overhead all-calls telling you what else the administration wants you to do in your spare moments. ...

You have to admit: It would be a helpful perspective to have for the people who make decisions about schools. A requirement like this would probably never fly—it makes too much sense—but I'm curious: Do any board members, or other school officials, do this voluntarily?

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