This is my space to rant and rave, vent and vex about education, my passion. I am calling it "Mining for Hidden Gems" because of the above quote and because as a teacher, my job is to look for those gems. The real valuable ones are not usually on the surface. You have to dig deep to find them.
I am also borrowing from Katherine Bomer's wonderful book Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching From the Brilliance in Every Student's Writing. It has changed the way I look at not just student work but students themselves and all people around me.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Would you rather educate or rehabilitate?
For the past two years, my family and I have been hosting a dinner to raise money for a very small school in one of the poor neighborhoods of El Salvador, where our daughter worked as a volunteer for 11 months. The $500 or so that we have managed to raise each year, has paid for the education of two to three students. It may not be much, but it is our contribution to the constructive forces at work in the world. This year's event is on February 25th.