However, after watching some of the speakers at the political conferences of late, I feel as though I am in "The Princess Bride."
Apparently, elite means I live in an ivory tower; I am an egghead; I contribute nothing to society. And, of course, I am to blame for the woeful state of public education. I beg to differ. I do not consider myself "a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities." I certainly do not have wealth and status awarded me as a result of being in education all this time. What I DO have is a sense of purpose and a sense of urgency.
As I near the final years as an educator (is there a line about old teachers like there is about old soldiers, I wonder?), I am still filled with the passion I had 40 years ago, but it is tempered with a much deeper well of knowledge and experience now). I am still discovering new ideas and approaches (the Marantz Picturebook Symposium, the Scholastic Reading Summit, and the Teacher Tour at Heinemann all contributed some big AHA moments). And I am so looking forward to spending two days with educators in the Rio Grande Valley next week with Karin Perry. Those are the perks for being "elite" as far as I am concerned.
Who wants to join me up here in the rarefied air of elitism?