"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Susan Ohanian's Letter in Today's NYT

Re “A Teacher, Beloved but Disillusioned, Decides to Walk Away” (Side Street column, Jan. 25):
As a longtime teacher, I thank David Gonzalez for giving voice to the bizarre and capricious assaults on teacher professionalism that infect the many schools enforcing the dictum “Common Core or die.”
Tom Porton, a Bronx teacher, clearly offered unique gifts to students, but he is not alone in finding that the work he so loved for decades has turned to torture.
Charlotte, Vt.


  1. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Although I lay no claim to unique gifts, my beloved career has also turned into torture.

    Abigail Shure

  2. Hi Abigail,

    You and so many others. It's a sad, sad, day indeed. Living in this corporate dystopian society has become torture - that's why we have Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders drawing crowds. Feel the Bern!!