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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

Goofy: Teachers are people too

By Valerie Strauss

Because so much in school reform seems goofy to me, here's Goofy in a short 1952 film about being a teacher.

Happy New Year.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 1, 2011; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  being a teacher, goofy  
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Thank you, Valerie. I am old enough to have seen this film when it first came out and it DID seem familiar.

Happy New Year and thank you for your support of teachers. I don't know your background, but I'm willing to bet you have firsthand knowledge of schools. You write like someone who's been there.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | January 1, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

LOVED it. I remember seeing it when I was little, but as a teacher, and with all the school reform mumbo-jumbo, it is fabulous to see again.

Posted by: blahdiblah | January 1, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Great Stuff!!! And we thought this was new! My father attended a little one room schoolhouse in Priceville Kentucky. Not too many years back he wanted to show me his trek to school. We walked to the site and all I saw was corregated metal roofing and sandstone blocks. I asked what happened to the schoolhouse. He explained back in the 40s a young man was failed by a teacher. He decided he would get even. He set the schoolhouse ablaze. The metal and sandstone were all that remained.

Posted by: jbeeler | January 2, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I have learned to accept the term "goofy" from my students as the compliment they intended. Still, it is nice to know the challenges in the classroom are not knew, or income specific. Please visit my blog at for more insights. Thanks.

Posted by: dcproud1 | January 2, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

According to Newsweek magazine, the LA Times, Arne Duncan and Bill Gates teachers are the problem and need to punished. Of course these people themselves will never work in an inner city classroom, they are too selfish.

Posted by: educationlover54 | January 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Answer Sheet for reminding us that there are still many like you who believe the school system should serve teachers first (it's a job, isn't it?) and then, maybe, students. And, sure, school reform is goofy. After all, look how great the current system is -- that is, up until teachers had to show results, schools had to open on time (no excuses), test scores started improving, and enrollment started inching up (for a change). Yup, before all that bad stuff, the system was just fine. By the way, if you're going to throw rocks at reform, it might help if you weren't quite so glib -- especially for those of us whose kids' futures depend on the schools. Oh, and it might help if you had any ideas of your own on how to improve things -- unless, that is, you really do think the current system is just dandy.

Posted by: ConcernedDCparent | January 2, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

DCPS parent here--thanks Valerie. I have grown weary of the "reformers" who have managed to destroy the things that actually were working in DCPS AND managed to make the bad situations worse.

I hope 2011 is the year that "reformers" start reading your column and turn their focus on the high-priced private schools the children of their Wall Street funders attend.

Let's leave the urban schools to people who actually know something about education.

Posted by: slimyoung | January 2, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The Reformers failed at Dunbar High School.

Posted by: edlharris | January 2, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

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