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Some people say that they are tired of fighting. That this is the end of education. That the reform has gotten so far out of hand that there is no more room for common sense, for creative thinkers, for partnership. Some people say that our students will suffer, and yes I agree, but some see no end to it all. No winning, no change, just more tests, more papers, more, more, more - with less.
I say there is hope. That amongst all of this fear, all of this uncertainty, we can still look at our students and see that spark. That they know we suffer through testing with them and we teach them to be resilient. We teach them that sometimes life asks you to do things that make no sense, and we must get through it with grace, valor, and creativity.
So when it all seems to be too much, too crazy, too little, too late, think of the students. Think of what we do for them every day when they enter their rooms at school, when we tell them good morning, when we end the day by saying thank you. Thank you for being part of this, thank you for being part of something that is bigger than us, for placing your faith in me as your teacher. For placing your faith in this school and this wonderful learning journey. Have hope; our students do every day.