Praise and Criticism

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  1. I appreciate this reflection. You’re right that so much of the current education debate isn’t helpful. The complaints are not constructive and there is no appreciation for what is right. I believe most of those leading these “conversations” have good, though misguided, intentions, but rather than partnering with us to improve schooling they are demeaning us and breaking our spirits.

    Just today, I had a conversation with another teacher where we swapped stories of how fragile even the best teachers are becoming. My colleague was bemoaning how many talented, innovative teachers she knows that are now battling depression and/or consider career changes. Something has to give for the sake of the kids and those who give their lives to passionately serve them.


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