Education in America. Part I.

As most of you know, for the past 10 years I've spent my time and career as a high school English teacher, first in the Holland, Michigan area and then in the Chicago Public Schools.  This year marks my first since 2006 of not teaching full-time and while I definitely enjoy the freedom of this schedule and the ability to sleep in past 7am, I would be lying if I said I didn't miss teaching--I miss it a lot.  I have a LOT to say about the education system in America and why I decided to take (at least) a year away from the classroom and I've told many people that I am seriously considering writing a book about my experiences not only in CPS, but as a highly qualified and passionate teacher who ultimately moved on from public education.  I saw this article pop up on Ian's ipad last night and when I read it this morning, I realized that it said a lot of what I've already been thinking about education and learning and what we are providing to our students, particularly our low-income students in urban areas.  Click the picture below to be taken to the New York Times website and take a few minutes to immerse yourself in what, I'm confident, is staged to become an important moment in public education over the next few years in our country.   

Click on this picture to read the New York Times article "The Great Stagnation of American Education"

Click on this picture to read the New York Times article "The Great Stagnation of American Education"