Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Teacher on the Front Line (NYT)

A splendid New York Times article is making the evolution blog rounds. While we chose to not concentrate on the complex political issues surrounding the education curriculum, this piece is simply too good and inspiring to miss.

Amy Harmon describes a day in the life of David Campbell, a Jacksonville area biology teacher, who puts us to shame with his commitment to Florida's schools and reason. While this is no doubt a reality for many teachers, I find it difficult to fathom calmly teaching evolution in my classroom as my colleague undermines me next door. 

And if you get to reading, you'll find to this passage, pure gold:
When he was 5, Mr. Campbell’s aunt took him on a trip from his home in Connecticut to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. At the end of the day, she had to pry him away from the Tyrannosaurus rex.

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