In my last posting, “Teachers Who Cheat & Why They Do It,” I gave the advice to people employed within public education who are being pressured to do something unscrupulous to “grow a set” and refuse to willingly participate in the undermining of the special education system. But, telling someone to “grow a set” really doesn’t tell them exactly what to do when the pressure is on.
And then I read Alexander Russo’s July 7, 2011 article, “Education Will Break Your Heart,” on The Huffington Post. Russo was writing after reading something that inspired him, “Liking is for Cowards. Go For What Hurts,” by Jonathan Franzen that was published in The New York Times on May 28, 2011.
Anyone struggling with a moral crisis over pressures to take unscrupulous steps in public education should stop to read these two articles. Franzen’s piece speaks to life in general. Russo translates it to the world of education.