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Schools and Culture: The Wearing Down of Teacher

Summary: 46% of American teachers quit the profession within their first five years; what role does contemporary culture and the characteristics of the kids it turns out play in this appalling statistic? Recently I read with astonishment a reference in … Continue reading

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Schools and Bureaucracy: Notes on Staying “Alive”

A younger colleague, in the midst of a discussion about some relatively minor indignity we counselors have suffered or observed, turned to me recently and asked as though to a veteran of many wars, “how do you do it?” She … Continue reading

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School Culture: Comparative Life in Another Helping Profession

Summary: Your faithful blogger experiences parallels between the professional life of teachers and that of nurses. As life happens, I have just returned from a stay in the hospital following surgery. As we shall see, the timing fortuitously was on … Continue reading

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School Culture and Politics: Whither the Money?

Summary: A conundrum, in which school reform will depend on application of public funds toward targeted solutions that remain elusive in a political environment highly resistive to new spending. I am a professional person. I strive to define my job … Continue reading

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School Bureaucracy: Teacher Rumblings

Many of my stories of bureaucracy have involved my own experience as a counselor, together with my history as a teacher, though I have ample reason for believing my emotional experience of a school bureaucracy is not unique. Recent rumblings … Continue reading

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