Teacher shortages and student success in Texas

Texarkana Gazette - 05-12

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Many years ago, when my kids were young, I went to visit my son's third-grade teacher. It seems that there had been some sort of issue. Some minor misbehavior on the playground? Mouthiness in the classroom? I can't recall. But I do remember that I was going to school to make sure that the teacher understood a few things about my son, a Very Unique and Special Individual. When I mentioned my impending visit to a friend in passing, she said, wisely, "You may know your 9-year old son better than anyone, but a teacher knows 9-year-old boys better than anyone." The truth of it stopped me short, and I understood at once that I would be wise to listen to and trust the teacher's point of view.