The Exhaustion of the American Teacher

Please read this excellent article from the Educator’s Room: “The American child has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Many shrill voices argue that teachers must change, too, by simply working harder. ”

“The problem with the American student of 2012 isn’t as cartoonishly simple as evil unions protecting bad teachers. Nor is it as abstract and intractable as poverty. The problem is as complex, concrete, and confront-able as the squalor and neglect and abuse and addiction that envelope too many American children from the time they step outside the schoolhouse door at 3:30pm until the moment they return for their free breakfast the next morning. ”

 

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