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.