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  •  Suh a great diary and conversation (5+ / 0-)

    Thank you, teacherken, for taking the time to write this diary.  I am trying to put together my thoughts to respond to you and to the wonderful commeneters here.

    I taught high school English for one year in a tough district of San Francisco.  Utterly corrupt administration, amazing, wonderful students.  God, I loved them.  So much that my heart was constantly breaking.  A friend of mine urged me not to take their own lives so personally - to separate myself from them.  

    The things they had to live through I couldn't have imagined (most of them had experienced death in their family already).  And the education they'd received up to high school was woefully inadequate.  They were already grades and grades behind.

    Somebody mentioned the exhaustion - mental and physical of being a teacher.  I was a zombie (and I was only about 30 yrs old) from planning, organizing, grading, inspiring, talking. . .ultimately, the exhaustion kept me from going back.  Well, that and the unstable, hostile principal.

    There are other experiences I have had (and just started writing about - but it would be a diary) and what I want to say is that this work is SO IMPORTANT.  Not just the learning about reading or history, but connecting with kids, LISTENING to them (who listens to 12 year olds?  It's so simple, and means so much), and LIKING them.  

    I'm not teaching now, and I don't know if I ever will again, though there's so much I miss.  

    Anyway, thanks again Ken, for what you're doing, and for letting us all know about it.  You write beautifully, and are reporting back from a world we might not otherwise know about.

    The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?” - Aldo Leopold

    by Knockbally on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:12:39 AM PST

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