Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

A Teacher Died Today
By Alan Haskvitz

It was a slow death. Indeed it took years to wake him up to the fact that he was dead. He didn't realize it until the start of yet another school year that held promise and challenges as they always did.

The custodians had done a fine job of cleaning the room over the summer and after a few hours he was able to reassembly his equipment from boxes he had hidden away. He was lucky, no doubt. He didn't have to move classrooms and he had his class list. He always laughed at the thought of Bill Gates, as a teacher, having to struggle to find storage boxes to move rooms every few years. He couldn't imagine how anyone would listen to these types of educational saviors who hadn't actually faced the daily challenge of teaching. At one time he had made a list of the leading education advocates and found that only a couple had actually taught in a classroom. The rest were reacting to research done by other non-teachers on the whole, or by the fact that they were rich and thus must know what is best. He remembered the quote, "What's good for the country is good for General Motors, and what's good for General Motors is good for the country, " and jokingly told his colleagues he was waiting for a government bail-out.

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