Friday, December 30, 2011

If you pay peanuts, do you get monkeys?

If you pay peanuts, do you get monkeys?

Old and busted: Taking on a student teacher to help out a future educator and to benefit the teaching profession. New hotness: Scared to allow a student teacher to take over your classroom because it might cost you your job.

28 years old.... taught for 2 years, director of a farmers market for 5 months. Yep, that launched her career as an education expert. And now she is the Education Policy Director for the state of Alabama. But, but, but...she's a disciple of Michelle Rhee!

On a more personal note, I'd like to pay tribute to an educator who had a major influence on my life.  Coach John Lacava coached track, football, and baseball in addition to being a guidance counselor at the junior high school I attended in the mid-70's.

Three years ago at age 77 he was still going strong working for the school system when he sustained a traumatic brain injury after slipping on a patch of ice on his way into work.  Needless to say, that marked the end of his 50+ years as an educator.

Coach Lacava died this week.  His obituary can be read here.
May he rest in peace.