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    It Wasn’t Easy to Get Here

    Kathleen Mayse
    Reflecting on her experiences as a teacher in Texas, Kathleen Mayse critiques the context of a super-testing culture and makes an appeal to President Obama to lead us in a new educational direction. She argues for an approach that embraces and utilizes the knowledge of the real experts in the field—teachers—and recognizes the importance of the relationships teachers build with their students. Through understanding the practices of master teachers, she tells us, we might learn how to actually leave no child behind.

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    Kathleen Mayse is a journalism teacher and publications adviser at Westfield High. The school’s student-produced newspaper, The Pony Express, may be seen online at www.whsponyexpress.com. She has been teaching in Texas public schools since 1989. Before teaching, Mayse was an award-winning journalist for the Texas City Daily Sun and served as editor of the League City News, Dickinson News, and Bayside News.

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    Summer 2009 Issue


    Editors’ Introduction
    Note to Educators
    Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete
    Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade
    A Dialogue
    Our Selves, Our Students, and Obama
    Jennifer McLaughlin and Kim Kelly
    President Obama and Education
    The Possibility for Dramatic Improvements in Teaching and Learning
    Linda Darling-Hammond
    Promise and Peril
    Charter Schools, Urban School Reform, and the Obama Administration
    Charles Payne and Tim Knowles
    Reclaiming Our Freedom to Teach
    Education Reform in the Obama Era
    Megan Behrent
    Obama’s Dilemma
    Postpartisan Politics and the Crisis of American Education
    Henry A. Giroux
    Second-Class Integration
    A Historical Perspective for a Contemporary Agenda
    Vanessa Siddle Walker
    Equity and Empathy
    Toward Racial and Educational Achievement in the Obama Era
    Prudence L. Carter
    It Wasn’t Easy to Get Here
    Kathleen Mayse
    Obama, Where Art Thou?
    Hoping for Change in U.S. Education Policy
    Wayne Au
    Praise Song for Teachers
    A Call to Action
    Ariane White
    Educating Latino Immigrant Students in the Twenty-First Century
    Principles for the Obama Administration
    Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
    Education for Everyday People
    Obstacles and Opportunities Facing the Obama Administration
    Gloria Ladson-Billings
    An Insurrectionary Generation
    Young People, Poverty, Education, and Obama
    Jay Gillen
    An Earned Insurgency
    Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
    Robert P. Moses
    Barack Obama and the Fight for Public Education
    William Ayers
    Coda: The Slow Fuse of Change
    Obama, the Schools, Imagination, and Convergence
    Maxine Greene
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