Talia's Blog

A mother’s life; arrived at from drugs, teen pregnancy, and jail, through faith and gang intervention.



JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

Well now, THAT was certainly something. Something unexpected from the title, though that makes perfect sense now. When I think of the term Powerful People, I usually think of the kind of people I feel forced to serve, forced to appeal to in my own life.

You've made a number of strong points in this both for a classical education, and indicting the current state of public education. All of which points are true I believe.

That said, there have been enough teachers at different levels in my family to know how hard many teachers try, to do the best they can. I also know of at least a couple of teachers in my life whose influences are still positively felt and greatly appreciated many years later.

As always, thanks for sharing your insights and feelings, always so well put.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think the key issue is--and maybe I didn't express this well--NOT the teachers, but the school system. There are so many, many fine and amazing teachers out there, but they can only do so much. I know first-hand how this is, and how frustrating it can be...

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Sing it!

Couldn't agree with you more. 100%.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'll keep singing it!

JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

ah yes, the SYSTEM...

There have been a lot of times when people have asked me if I've thought of going into teaching. I've generally replied that I just don't have the patience, not for the students, for the administration, the system.

Thanks for having the patience, all you teachers.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, John! I don't think I'd have the patience to work with the system at the secondary school level. Sometimes the college system gets to me plenty...