A politician walks into a bar and says, “These kids just aren’t learning.”
So the bartender says, “What are you gonna do?”
And the politician says, “Send them somewhere else.”
And the bartender says, “Like Finland?”
But the politician says, “Nah – that would never work.”
Those who think such thoughts suffer greatly. How deep do you go with this?
In the piece I cut away from the joke, after critiquing the zip-code-as-destiny trope (as a fatalistic, economically crippling, unilateral test-centric view on children & communities’ self-determination), I asked
What is our destiny [as educators]? In which zip code? Where do we need to go, where are we being called, and will we go there without someone telling us to?
That’s where I am with it. Working, baffled, determined, sad, hopeful, planning, reacting, speaking, suspicious approaching certain.
I hope the joke gets me the warm-up spot before Duncan speeches.
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