The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.

Teachers: Magicians and Conductors

Teachers: Magicians and conductors

I touch the future; I teach.

—Christa McAuliffe

Teachers are at the center of the educational process. From the days of Socrates, when he sat on a log with his student, the teacher and student are what education is about. All of us remember the teachers we had who made a difference like Mrs. Sang or Mrs. Spurlock, but we also remember those who made our lives difficult through their indifference. It is interesting that it is not the hard teachers we remember with disdain—it is the ones who didn't care. When you strip away all the degrees and the training of teachers, when you take away union membership or alternative certification, it all comes down to the reality that ...

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