Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I'm not a magician, either

The above is from Post Secret, a website that collects "secrets" mailed in from around the world. Perhaps you've seen the site or maybe one of their books, tomes which collect the finest secrets and then publish them for the world to see. Every Sunday, Frank Warren, the publisher of Post Secrets, posts a dozen or so cards. The above card was from a recent posting.

I think this teacher is at his (or her) wit's end. And, she's wrong: magic does exist, maybe just not the type of magic she thinks everyone expects her to produce in her classroom.

I'd been thinking recently about why I want to return to an independent school and teach. I think, in part, it's because I'm not a magician, but I still want to experience the magic that takes place in the classroom, in the student dormitories and faculty homes, in the dining hall, in the student center, in the athletic facilities, on the various playing fields, and on the theatre stage.

Why teach? Why join an independent school community? My reasons are many: I love words and ideas. I want to positively influence young people so they can impact the future. I believe that English and the humanities, history and the social sciences, are worthy of study and that they are useful and important in adult life; students need teachers who see that value and can make the link.

Perhaps this sounds hokey, however, it is, really, what I think. Anyway, I look forward to making magic, the sort of magic I know is possible in a small, independent, boarding school.

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