KUDOS to our own Joe Hirsch whose letter to the editor was printed in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page this past weekend. For those of you who may have missed it, I’m including it here. Who said you need a doctorate in order to be published ;-)

Great Teachers Teach Students, Not Subjects
The best educators I know teach students, not subjects, and they actively nurture life-enhancing qualities like grit, teamwork and generosity.
Nov. 7, 2014 5:50 p.m. ET
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I’m a classroom teacher with two master’s degrees, and I’m working toward a doctorate. I appreciate Joel Klein ’s call for greater credentialing and certification in the profession (“A Lesson Plan for A+ Teachers,” Review, Nov. 1). But his proposal to remake American teachers in the mold of their Finnish counterparts overlooks the most essential goal of education: to produce better human beings.
The best educators I know teach students, not subjects, and they actively nurture life-enhancing qualities like grit, teamwork and generosity. These virtues and others like them comprise the “total education” of a child and should be prized by any teacher entering the field. They certainly won’t show up on one of Mr. Klein’s bar exams but are just as indicative of a teacher’s professional readiness as his or her mastery of material. Schools that are staffed by highly trained but morally ambivalent teachers will simply become grading factories, not goodness incubators. To be truly effective practitioners, teachers need standards that have soul.
Joe Hirsch
Dallas

 

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