Stories from the Field
Edited By David J. Connor and Beth A. Ferri
10. “Off to Another Glorious Day of Educational Opportunity”: But for Whom?
I recently watched season one of the Netflix original show, “The Great,” which bills itself as an “occasionally true story.” I found that description charming and a bit apropos to this current project. The events described here all happened and they certainly left their mark on me, although the specifics undoubtedly differ in small and perhaps even large ways. I am sure the dates are wrong; I have changed the names of my colleagues and students; I have certainly glossed over details or portrayed my own actions and the actions of others as both better and worse in places. But these formative moments have stuck with me. For good or ill, in truth or fiction, these vignettes have shaped who I am and how I view my craft. I hope you can forgive my unintentionally creative liberties and appreciate the journey.
The lights come up on three children, ages 14, 11, and 8, entering the side door of a brick school building, following their father. They walk through a dark and silent classroom and pause at the doorway into the empty hallway while their father pulls a set of keys out of his pocket. As he prepares to throw the keys down the long hallway toward his guidance office door at the other end, he turns to the three of them and says with a sarcastic grin, “Off to another glorious day of educational opportunity.” All three children audibly moan, but smile as they...
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