Most Wednesdays, the ideas about to write are freely flowing. On occasion, I will know what I want to write about, but I am unsure quite how to say it. Today was such a day … until I read an incredibly poignant and moving letter. It was written by Gerald Conti, a high school history teacher who submitted the letter for his retirement. He encapsulates what I believe most educators feel about the state of education and the demise of the values that once dictated it.
Read Mr. Conti’s letter here.
“After writing all of this I realize that I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists. I feel as though I have played some game halfway through its fourth quarter, a timeout has been called, my teammates’ hands have all been tied, the goal posts moved, all previously scored points and honors expunged and all of the rules altered.”
Thank you, Mr. Conti, for your dedication and service to the profession and to your students, and for continuing to inspire educators even in retirement.