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Chris G

Congratulations to Oliver and his family!

Bill Hicks

This is one terrific post, and I have linked to it and quoted a bit as well on my blog. Presumably you saw Cavuto's insulting interview with the representative of one of the teacher's unions which I cite--if not, and if you care to get further riled up, hunt the thing thing up. I am very disappointed that Robert Gibbs has joined in this teacher-bashing enterprise. Anyways, congrats to Oliver and of course thank you for your always insightful remarks on the passing cavalcade.

Davis X. Machina
What they value is productivity.

That’s another way of saying they value making a maximum amount money at a minimal cost.

That's the new summum bonum -- it's been so deeply internalized by nearly everyone that it can't be challenged because it can't even be seen, on a 'fish-don't-know-they're-wet' basis.

All that is, can be bought or sold.
All that cannot be bought or sold, is not.
All that can be bought or sold, must be bought or sold, at the highest price.

That's the whole of the new Law and the new Prophets -- the rest is commentary.

Thank you from an over-paid, unaccountable, pension-chasing civil service drone a teacher.

Linkmeister

Wonderful post, Lance, and I wish Oliver all the best in his college endeavors.

There's a Facebook graphic I've seen which shows a blonde with a wall of text explaining she's a Danish school teacher (here) and how differently the Danes treat teachers from the way Americans do. Sure, there are simplifications in the text, but still, we really ought to think about it.

Janelle

You have wonderful sons. Some child will be very fortunate to have Oliver for a teacher.

Paula

Great post! I will share with teacher-friends on Facebook.

nancy

I'd offer a longer comment Lance, but I don't type well through tears. Congrats to Oliver.

Anyone wondering about his generation is a fool in my opinion. I'm proud of them and their persistent optimism.

Agreed -- teacher-bashers are an especially nasty product of our current American time. May that end asap.

Mark

This was a good post. It's a moving story and I'm glad it has a happy ending. Your comments about how teachers are treated by so many in this country are, of course, all too true.

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