Thursday, May 17, 2007

What the movie "Freedom Writers" should teach us

I like movies about teachers who succeed with troubled students. They're inspiring.

Teacher Tom Moore wants people to note that heroes like Erin Gruwell often don't remain in the classroom. On January 19, 2007, he wrote in the New York Times, "It’s no surprise that half the teachers in poor urban schools, like Erin Gruwell herself, quit within five years. Ms. Gruwell now heads a foundation."

Excellent point, Tom.

We need to pay teachers enough so that the Erin Gruwell's will stay. And so the Tom Moore's will stay.

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