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I was with you 100%, until the last paragraph. Essentially, it seems like you are saying it is an administrator's job to buffer teachers from the consequences of their actions. I hope I'm misinterpreting, because I don't think that is helpful to improving education, or the public's perception of it. Mike Schmoker's book, "Results Now" talks about this issue in depth. If we continue to make excuses for bad teachers, the public will no longer trust their public schools.

Charlie A. Roy

This coming weekend I will dance the tango with a fellow teacher as part of the school play. A cameo appearance. I have already resigned my self to the fact that it will probably be on youtube within minutes. Oh well.

Geoff Brown

While protecting teachers' rights is important, so is protecting children from child abuse. And our teachers are key to that strategy. Why? Because often they're the first ones to notice signs of child abuse. Unfortunately, many of them don't know how to talk to a student who may be abused. After all, it's a legal and emotional minefield. There's a new tool that can help with this. It's an online role-playing course that lets teachers rehearse a conversation with a possible child abuse victim. There's a free version, and a CEU-credit version for teachers. It won't end child abuse overnight, but maybe it'll help. Click on Geoff Brown, below, to link to it. Your comments and criticism are welcome.

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