September 16, 2005 1 min read

The Mad Teacher recently went to the first faculty meeting of the year. As a career-changer, long, tedious meetings aren’t anything new to her, but there’s one big difference at her school: You can’t bring your knitting.

Twenty years in social work, with people's lives sometimes literally hanging in the balance with what we figured out in our meetings... Two thirds of the therapists in the room would have some crochet or knitting or something in hand during the meeting. But it is just out of the question at Smallsville High. Is it every school in America that feels like a wing of the military, or just mine?

(From Diary of a Mad Teacher.)

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