"If you went to Yale, why are you a teacher?
I was actually asked that question by a 7th grader during my first full year of teaching in 1973. I think it reflects a certain mindset that exists in a society where established norms say, "people who go to places like Yale shouldn't become teachers." My view was expressed in my response to the student. "You should be ecstatic that your teacher went to Yale! You should want all of your teachers to have gotten well-prepared to be your teacher."
Well, that's the way it goes sometimes in schools, as Herndon told us back in '71. Nonetheless, I spent the better part of 42 years in secondary classrooms and, almost all the time, loved it. But there are issues I have with schools --- with the way they are structured, administered, dealt with by policy people and so on.
This site will remain an ongoing investigation and "think aloud" about teaching, learning, and working in public schools in the USA in the early years of the 21st Century.
What you'll find on this website is a variety of items that having been sitting around looking for a place to live and have nested here for now.