From The New York Times Editorial/ Letters Page
May 4, 2007
To the Editor:
We travel around the country helping urban and rural high schools increase college enrollment rates for economically disadvantaged students. The principals and administrators we meet say that what they need are teachers who love students.
Yes, they admit, a teacher needs the most sophisticated tools and curriculums, as well as expertise in psychology, neuroscience, pedagogy, learning differences, and academic standards. But it is the teacher who has the greatest capacity to care and to connect with the students who makes the biggest difference.
One Buffalo school principal said, “The school district cannot mandate what matters, and what matters most is the ability to love the students.”
Where do we find such teachers, and how can schools of education deliberately begin to cultivate their students’ souls?
– Keith W. Frome – Buffalo, May 1, 2007
The writer is the national director of education for College Summit, a non-profit group.