noble, silly dan

I don’t know that I could do it. I don’t know that I could go into the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn every morning and teach in a public high school. I have a great deal of respect for my friend, Dan, but I don’t think that I could do it…

Part of me is very proud of him for doing what he’s doing, but part of me just wants to hit him upside the head and say, “What in the fuck do you think that you’re doing?”

Here’s his last note to me. I don’t have any other details at this point.

“…today a teacher got beat up at my school. when i left at 3 the ambulance was outside and they were bringining a stretcher in…

It’s amazing to me that in spite of good people, like Dan, we can’t make public education better. There is hope though. I have heard that our President has set into motion a plan that would see the taxes on stock dividends abolished! If this is true, and I pray to God that it is, better days might be right around the corner… I’m picturing the top 1% of Americans, those who will financially benefit from this historic legislation, using those funds to help failing schools, to lower class size, to institute creative site-specific programs, to bring technology into the classroom. They have been trying for years to create positive change, and I feel as though this little bit of tax “relief” will give them the tools necessary to see the job done.

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