An excerpt from my first post at the popular Schoolbook, a WNYC project:
As educators, we are charged with helping our children feel that, as wild as the world may seem, we will pull through. Parents, children, and other invested adults seek asylum in our schools because of our routines, the familiarity, and the dulcet vibrations of the students’ yells, whispers and laughter. The teachers start their classes with their usual routines. The deans remind students of the rules in the hallway as they walk to class. The principals address as many classes as possible about academics and general minutiae.
Whether we like to admit it or not, the seemingly mundane brings calm in any weather.
Mr. Vilson, who wants to write a mini-manifesto mañana. Who’s with me?