First, thanks for taking me to Big Nick's just before it closed. It was so fine a revelation that just one visit left me mourning its demise. Second, I applaud your use of the Purgatorio as metaphor. In the late 80s, I was certainly onboard with school reform but had not figured out exactly how to commit to it. Sloth was my probable sin, but my vision gazed towards higher realms. I know how hard it is to work in a traditional school, aiming towards such ideals while simultaneously striving to keep up with the demands of the ordinary job and thus falling short of those goals. But the striving mattered and, in tangible ways, made a difference. And finally, your description of the summer program at Brown inspires fine and positive memories of ways that all of us who sought reform kept such efforts alive. The Brown program was inspirational. Seeing your work there was second, in terms of energetic inspiration, only to the work I did with the National Writing Project, which was not better than the Coalition, but was simply the program that found me, guided me, and helped me make a difference in my classrooms and sometimes in my schools. Thanks, Bil, for another fine blog post.
Thanks for the comment. Would never use "sloth" near your name. CWP is indeed an appropriate parallel to the Coalition. Glad you like the Purgatorio metaphor!