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I’m extremely fascinated by the imagery used in the Spanish phrases e.g. “A vos te chifla el moño.” – Your bow tie is whistling. (You’re crazy).
“In fact, there hangs the crux of the truth about human desire.”
“We want what we can’t have.”
“No, not at all. We want exactly what is right for us, though we are often shocked at what this means.
This had me LOL-ing for quite a while.
“…what was most important of that was that teachers never gave up on their students, believing that if the students made any mistakes, the teachers were the ones that failed the students, rather than the other way round… .
Such was their devotion that I benefited heavily from the continual guidance and attention of my teachers despite me failing numerous examinations. If I were in a neighbourhood school, I think I might have been considered as the one that failed the system, and not its victim.”
The blurb: “For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication. But for more than a decade, one organization has been tracking hundreds of thousands of kids, and looking at why some teachers can move them three grade levels ahead in a year and others can’t. Now, as the Obama administration offers states more than $4 billion to identify and cultivate effective teachers, Teach for America is ready to release its data.”