The idea that otherwise cruel nature would have little choice but to respond favorably to man’s determined labor was neither original nor entirely faith-based. Nineteenth century American climatologists had been propagating such a theory for several decades. In other news, there were climatologists in the 19th century. Who knew?
The class after lunch is always a colorful time. Students have just had a rowdy half-hour of the most freedom they’ll experience during the school day, and most are loaded up on sugar, caffeine, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Public schools aren’t businesses, nor should they be. You’ll hear that a lot in the upcoming voucher battles, and it’s entirely true. But neither are we charities, or churches, or some type of third world profession. We’re not taking up “love offerings” while Sarah McLachlan plays in the background.
Teacher pay needs to go up substantially, and soon – but not for me. It needs to go up for you. And your kids. And your pocketbook. And your state.
Some days teaching feels like being a mama bird, catching and chewing the food and trying to spit it into beaks which remain stubbornly clamped shut. When you question the baby birds why they refuse to accept nourishment, they tell you plaintively that it's "too hard".