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Friday, September 29, 2006



TMAO's follow-on post
Caring is the mechanism that has replaced the formal requirements of competence that exist in nearly every profession, from law to roofing. In teaching, you are asked to do your damn job out of love, and not because you're a professional who's being paid to produce results. This makes for good copy, and allows us to weave compelling narratives about the glorious teacher-martyr, but it is a flimsy thing, unmeasurable and unreliable -- like so much of what we do.

This then, provides the foundational, ethical basis for working in a flawed system. But it is foundational only, and to suggest that the development of caring, or resistancy, or assest analysis is somehow complete in and of itself remains a drastically incomplete approach to making our schools better places.

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