Point of interest

22nd July 2011 at 01:00
Defiant note on schools' ethos

"We take them big, small, rich, poor, gifted, exceptional, abused, frightened, confident, homeless, rude, and brilliant. We take them with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, junior rheumatoid arthritis, and English as their second language. We take them all. Every one. And that is why it's not a business. It's a school."

Anonymous teacher quoted in blog of Bill Cirone, Santa Barbara County superintendent for schools, cited at the 55th World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching, at Glasgow University last week.

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