hey, teacher, leave those kids alone...
"The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet."
How often is this true of teachers? How often is this true of me?
Too often, as the days go by, I find.
I want so much to be a good teacher - I will settle for good at this point, though I aspire to greatness. But I fear I'm mediocre or worse, as I shout and cajole, seeking, indeed, too often, that quiet that symbolizes control and submission.
I seem to feel that that submission to the teacher's goal is the prerequisite to learning. Why do I think, in moments when I have time to reflect, that it seems more likely that the two somehow go hand-in-hand... that actual learning takes place when students are engaged in the teacher's goal, not subservient to it.
So easy to say high-minded things like that. So hard to overcome despair, lethargy, exhaustion, and even anger and resentment, to even try to achieve them.
I recall all my earlier pronouncements about what's wrong with teachers, and I cringe. It's so much harder than I thought.