A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Monday, February 05, 2007


OK, so I’m lying. I don’t have the Superbowl blues. Chicago lost, the hysteria is over, now we can get back on to the important issues of the day. Grossman being beat up by the sport’s columnists is not one of them.

I have to admit I had an interest in the Bears not winning. Every school I have worked has had break ins and vandalism when a Chicago team wins—except for the White Sox, and I really can’t explain that one.

It seems in Chicago celebrating a victory means destroying a community. Schools get wrecked, stores get looted and the famous Yellow taxi cab gets turned over onto its back. Someone has to pay for all of this—and seldom does anyone get punished. So, no, I’m not all broke up by the fact that the Bears lost.

Homework for my classes over this weekend was to do research on the most popular sports in the world. Football—American football—did not make the top five list. Rugby or cricket came in second. In Thailand kite flying is the most popular sport.

So there you have it.

But do you know what I would like to see as the most popular sport in the world?

Yep, you guessed it: education—where a perfect A report card gets all of the acclaim.


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