Golden Apple Awards: A Missed Opportunity

Does it make me a bad person that I find the annual Golden Apple teacher award process overdone, and the media's lapdog response to it troubling? Probably. But it seems like a canned, hermetically sealed photo op.

U. of C. Lab teacher wins Golden Apple Sun Times

One

minute, Christina Hayward's kindergarten students were quietly

clustered around her as she prepared to read them one of Aesop's

fables.

Top teachers receive Golden Apple Award ABC7Chicago.com, USA

Moyer's motto is meeting the needs of each student. Her students may not be able to see her but they can feel ...

Dedication to students earns area teachers Golden Apple Awards Chicago Tribune

A

line of school officials, media and supporters snaked down the hallway

at the West Town school Tuesday morning to surprise Moyer.

Teachers Surprised with Golden Apple Awards WBEZ

Third-grade teacher Maria Hernandez of Irma

Ruiz School in Chicago was in class Tuesday when she found out she won.

Top area teachers snare Golden Apple awards - Chicago Breaking News

Special Education teacher Gloria Moyer of Otis Elementary School in

West Town is presented a 2009 Golden Apple Award by Chicago Public

Schools CEO Ron Huberman today.

I might feel differently if there were stories about what happened to past Golden Apple winners - are they still teaching, what did they learn from the experience? -- or if the GA teachers got together and did something interesting. A few years ago, for example, the state teachers of the year got sick of just being show ponies for the US Department of Education and started lobbying Congress on NCLB.

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