Mailbox: Irony in Education

A public school teacher writes: I am a Christian teaching in the public schools, [subject deleted] to be precise. I have been teaching for [a reasonable number of] years. Some days, I think I need to stay in the classroom. Who else is going to stay and fight to see that these kids get something better than a leftist indoctrination? On the other hand, my wife is expecting, and I want to be able to provide for my family. I’m looking at going into administration, where I can still impact kids in a positive way, yet make enough money to send my child to a private school (or have my wife stay at home and home school). Maybe I just needed a sounding board, but I would appreciate any thoughts you have.

P.S. On your recommendation, my cousin and I are reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I’m only 200 pages in, but I’m enjoying it so far.

Interesting, to say the least. It’s easy to dismiss what I say about leftist indoctrination; one hopes it would be a little more difficult to ignore similar statements coming from a veteran public school teacher. Note that this man sees a need to keep his child out of the very schools with which he is intimately familiar. I advised him to pursue administration, since he has no real power to fight the noxious indoctrination as a teacher, and in any case, his first responsibility must be to his own children, not those whose parents unfortunately see fit to abandon them to the intellectual wolves. One leads best by example, I think.

By the way, please note that I cleared it with him before posting his email here.