I participated in a PAGE panel today on education, along with my AJC colleague Nancy Badertscher, TV reporter Donna Lowry of 11 Alive and Macon Telegraph editorial page editor Charles E. Richardson. (Georgia school chief John Barge and education guru Phillip C. Schlechty were among the speakers at the PAGE program, and I will write up their comments later tonight.)
Several audience questions to my panel touched on the current state of teacher morale. When I returned to work, I found this email waiting for me in my in-box. It spoke directly to the questions asked by the panel audience.
The teacher who wrote it asked to remain anonymous:
I just wanted to express my thoughts on the most recent “Get Schooled” blog message to the President.
I am a high school special education teacher. I also work with many general education students. I have taught for 11 years and have many friends and acquaintances who have taught anywhere from three years to 20-plus.
In my 11 years as an