Teaching in a Toxic Educational System

While reading  Michael L. Umphrey’s The Power of Community-Centered Education: Teaching as  a Craft of Place, which I plan to discuss at some length another time, I lifted a few sentences for teachers who are finding their teaching situations less than congenial these days.

Umphrey writes:

The evidence is widespread that the schools we have built are not congenial places for the best teachers, and few of the reform proposals offered by politicians deal realistically with that problem.

He notes that in those uncongenial teaching situations:

The passionate quest is routinized into the daily grind, and not just students but also teachers feel silenced.

What are good teachers to do in such uncongenial circumstances? Again Umphrey says:

We do what we can in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.

That may well be enough.

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