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Heed the Call

“To every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child—become a teacher. Your country needs you.”
Barack Obama, State of the Union 2011

The president’s call to action drew a standing ovation from all members of a deeply divided Congress—a heartening moment of affirmation for those of us who work in schools.

But are the best and brightest of our young people likely to heed this call? I fear not, or at least not in the numbers we need to achieve the educational transformation Obama envisions and our collective future depends on.

The desire to “make a difference” is a hallmark of youthful idealism, yet teaching remains a comparatively low-pay, low-status choice among my children’s college cohort, just as it was 30 years ago when I graduated.* I never considered becoming a teacher, although I had no “better” idea of what to do with my Princeton diploma. In retrospect I exhibited all signs of being made for the job, yet no one suggested it. Continue reading ‘Heed the Call’


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