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Morning Meeting, Part One: The People

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (2)

This piece was requested by the editors as a keynote article for a special Teacher's Edition of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum ... longer than the typical column, I have separated it into two entries here ... it was written for the fall issue of 2001, and was published on the heels of the terrorist attacks of nine-eleven...


THE TEACHER:

As she rinsed her coffee cup in the sink, she saw her husband's note reminding her to stop and fill her car's gas tank. She menta...

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Morning Meeting, Part Two: The Time

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:43 PM Comments comments (2)

THE TIME:

Sometimes it is discussed within the first minutes of the class period. Sometimes it occurs at the end of a busy elementary day. It might be on a high school syllabus that delivers a term's worth at a time. No doubt, it is at all levels, in all classrooms. Homework is the tradition that lives on despite all other changes in education. Enduring but hardly endearing, it appears inescapable. Neither rain, nor snow days, nor the dark of power-failure nights provides a repr...

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