2008-2009 is finally over. (For many teachers and administrators it's
not just the year that's over; they're losing their jobs). For me, at
least, it couldn't have happened soon enough. It just seemed like
there wasn't much good news out there, between budget cuts and youth
violence and the seemingly-intractable internal disputes at places like
Gunsaulus and Prescott. It's not that i'm particularly sentimental
about the past. And I know that my own cynicism and readers' comments
probably give me a skewed view of things. But Huberman doesn't inspire
a lot of confidence, so far at least, and the press's version of the
Chicago miracle under Arne Duncan is a constant reminder of just how
slow and frustrating improvements can be. I don't mind things moving
slowly, as long as they're moving in the right direction.
So, was it the worst year ever? Was it even a bad year? Maybe
some of you have had good experiences or successes, however small, that
could buoy everyone's spirits.
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