Teacher, Vol. 16, Issue 06
Education Letter to the Editor Bull’s-Eye
I’ve enjoyed Teacher Magazine for several years, but the November/December issue seemed to have something for me at every turn. My sister went to Simon’s Rock [“Classic Rock”]; my brother had Frank McCourt for high school English at Stuyvesant in the ’70s [“Joyless Endeavors,” Comment]; my own school is a one-room school on an “isolated island” [“Lost & Found”]; we had one of those “Flat Stanleys” visit here [“Paper Trail”]—we took snapshots of him “playing hockey” on a frozen puddle—and I’m currently reading The Arctic Schooner Bowdoin to my middle schoolers, and the author just mentioned the Clearwater [“Hudson River School”]! Just thought I’d let you know how well you’re hitting the mark around here.
Education Letter to the Editor Peer Review
I enjoyed the column by Tony Wagner suggesting that, as do other professionals, teachers would benefit from observing each other in practice [“The Buddy System,” Comment, January/February]. I was pleased to read that such a program was being tried in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. However, I was disappointed to see no information on the results of this effort.
Education Letter to the Editor Dropout Drama
I really enjoyed reading “Dropouts In America” [Books, March/ April]. In 1977, I dropped out. I fought to keep my son from leaving school and did a homeschool program just to get the diploma. I now fight again with my 16-year-old to stay in school. “Why? It is such a waste of time”; “They have no idea how to teach”; “I am not learning.” He is right. For 12 years, I fought our broken public school system. My children all have superior to high-average IQs in a broken system of special education that has failed to teach reading, writing, and math.
Education Letter to the Editor In Good Company
I was tantalized when I saw the name “Melville” on your front cover and then became excited when I read in the Contents the name “Bartleby” [“Bartleby, Savitri, & Me,” January/February]. I just completed a unit on “Bartleby, the Scrivener” in my classroom.
Education Letter to the Editor Collective Memory
What a surprise to read the feature article “Home Base” in the March/April issue. I have been an elementary teacher at Patch Barracks for many years and can relate to much of what Mr. Toner wrote. His favorite teacher, Mr. Hanks, was a friend of mine, and he is truly missed. I have shared this article with my colleagues, and I hope that Mr. Hanks’ widow has also read the article.
Education Letter to the Editor Room To Grow
I have just read the article profiling John Parker of the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, school district [“Greener Pastures,” March/April]. In an era when the standardized test increasingly seems to be heralded as the one-stop fix for nearly every educational challenge, John Parker has determinedly and steadfastly championed good teaching and hands-on learning to develop creative, innovative thinkers, not just skilled test-takers.