Seems to Me…

by VanessaVaile

Take note of the many parallels to higher education and shared concerns. Although not calling it by that name, Keller is calling for a K-12 version of faculty governance.

DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing

Guest Essayist, Bernie Keller

Retired Bronx high school Master English teacher

IMG_0268In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I am not a big supporter of charter schools or the current reform efforts. While those who espouse and advocate the current “solutions” may be well meaning, I am reminded of a saying I used to hear growing up that asserted, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

For me, if we are talking about people’s lives, (and we are), we can’t just “mean well”. Whatever we propose has got to work, it can’t be some experiment-in-progress or theory. In theory, the reforms and the charter schools will change the landscape of education. That sounds great, but here’s the problem I have with the theory. I taught forty years. I, along with my colleagues during those years, and traditional schools and practices produced or helped to produce doctors…

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