I have been teaching on and off since 1969. I have taught pre-school, elementary, middle school and secondary classes as well as working as an instructor at the college level. When I started teaching, school systems were like small countries. The superintendent was the president, the school board was the congress and the principal was the governor of the state. The local government was run by the classroom teacher. As long as the citizens of the classroom were reasonably happy and productive the higher levels of government had no reason be involved at the classroom level and in general nearly all children learned, one way or another. Like all politics the laws of the classrooms were local and they were made to fit the community that was governed by them. All school classrooms used to share some general common sense laws, with some additional laws that were specific to local needs. This blog is about the successes and failures of one very local part of the huge system we call public education. It is about the changes I have seen for the better and the worse over 40 years of teaching including the rather conundrum of the current ongoing trend towards centralization of education nationwide while at the same time we give at least lip service to more differentiation at the local level. This blog will reflect one teacher’s desire to return logic and reason to the field of public education, but as you will discover not too much of either.
You see I am an educational dinosaur, nearly as old as dirt I can remember when teaching was a happy fun job and many of the ideas I hope to express in this blog have to do with returning happiness to the classroom and schools in general.