Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thinking about education...

I sort of miss teaching.  No, I don't miss the silly bureaucracy; I miss hanging out with kids.  I don't miss legislators or "experts" who have never tried to teach a class of 30 individuals telling me how to do things.  I miss the excitement students feel when they realize they've mastered a tough skill.  I miss the enthusiasm that circulates the room when we reach the climax of a terrific novel.

Then I remember that things have changed in the last decade or two.  Reading for pleasure has taken a back seat to television, video games, and Youtube.  Vocabularies have declined, attention spans have shrunk, respect for teaching has nearly disappeared.  Maybe I'm glad I'm not still in the classroom.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's not just me.

I always love validation....I'm not alone.