Here’s another handmade response to Robert Coles’ “A Witness to Public Education” in Teaching Stories. The first one was here.
I found this sentence particularly striking: “All our recent knowledge notwithstanding…..the way to the waywardness of the children I meet in our public schools is, finally, through their minds and hearts: they can be stirred and touched by teachers and athletic coaches and counselors and school nurses–by us grown-ups who are part of the world of children, and are able to offer various talents and skills for these young fellow-citizens so much in need of them” (267-268).
Number 5 could be “learning,” too. Or “writing.” Whatever it is, it’s both an intersection and embrace. A beautiful combination of different forms.