“I am not a teacher and admit I didn't read all this book, only parts. It was a recommended read to be given to two young, idealistic and passionate cousins, my daughter and niece, who both decided, at the same time, to major in education. We all met for lunch one day, I handed each this book and reminded both of their serious accountability to the young minds they were ready to mold and shape. I told them this was the easy part, the lighter end of the spectrum but there was a darker end as well and it would soon hit them along the way. I processed to relate a disheartening, yet enlightening, conversation I had with a Superintindent of Schools in the early 80's, as he slapped his pile of what he called "government blue books". I can only hope his "blue books" were the real thing and not some sarcastic referrel to the Wales blue books of history. He processed to say that as a result of these and the fact that each child in his district had a $ sign over their head, we were not talking anymore about a child's mind but "big business with big money", and he was the CEO, it was that simple, and how could I, as a parent, expect him or his teachers to take on the "500 morals issues or cultural differences floating around in his schools". The rights and wrongs must stay at home, the "blue books" were what was important, that was where the money came from. He looked at me with sad eyes and said he knew it wasn't what I wanted to hear and he was sorry for that, but it was the truth. We shook hands, and I admit as I walked out, though I had respect for his honesty, I carried an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. I processed to tell these two young minds that they needed to learn how to invent, create and work through to overcome that same feeling of helplessness if they should continue on their course to major in education. Only then, would they ever be able to feel the gratification of being a "good"teacher", and to know they made a difference and didn't settle for just collecting a paycheck with some great hours. HURRAY FOR YOU TEACHERS WHO DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!! THANK YOU!!!!”
lifeisabook wrote this review Tuesday, August 14, 2007.