Category Archives: Respect for Teachers

The White Coat Ceremony and Elevating Teaching: A Noble Profession of a Higher Calling

Dear William and Melinda, Sunday I attended my son’s “White Coat Ceremony” at Tulane University Medical School. For those of you who were as ignorant as I, it is the ceremony first year med-school students go through when they receive … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year At Mission Hill

Chapter 3: Making it Real Dear readers, I watched chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill with a heavy heart, almost tearful.  The way in which educators teach and students learn at Mission Hill is exactly what I’ve viscerally yearned … Continue reading

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Beginning the School Year: Building a Strong Social and Emotional Foundation

Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill Chapter 2: Beginning the Year Dear readers, As you will see in chapter two of A Year at Mission Hill, at the beginning of the school year the teachers … Continue reading

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From the filmmakers of A Year at Mission Hill

Dear Bill and Melinda, We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see … Continue reading

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Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics

In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1. Dear Bill and Melinda, This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Dear readers, A Year at Mission Hill is an exciting 10-part video series that captures the stories of a single K-8 school community in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA (Note: since filming, the school has moved to Jamaica Plain). … Continue reading

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The “profession” of education is hardly treated like a profession at all. Mr. and Mrs. Gates – I urge you to refocus your efforts…

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gates, My genuine belief is that you both have the best of intentions. I believe you want education to improve. I believe you are convinced from your personal education experiences that what you propose changing in … Continue reading

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