The Season of Forgiveness

I may just absolve the New York Times for all its past sins because of this one video:

  1. Sandy

    Thank you.  Needed that.

  2. Mama Toad

    You beat me to it! I saw it first on National Catholic Register, at Matt Archbold’s blog

    Love is the greatest force in the universe!

  3. drlorentz

    The video starts out well, showing how a great teacher can make a difference. My sense is that the only reason this teacher was profiled by the NYT is that he has a tragically disabled child. This kind of story is always irresistible to the Left: tragedy with a generous dollop saccharine pity.

    The story would have been more pure, in my view, if the teacher had been ordinary in other regards but outstanding as a teacher. Perhaps even better would have a great teacher who also was smart enough to make a killing in real estate or the stock market too. But, alas, that would be a bridge too far for the NYT. They should have quite while they were ahead at 3:45. Then again, it is the NYT.

  4. cdor

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s beautiful.

  5. Casey

    I can’t wait to go home and pitch a few to my son.

  6. Flapjack

    A very moving piece.  And not to take anything from the NYT for airing it, but some key points are left out.  One had to assume he teaches at a private school, not only because of the references to God but also the amount of “off task” time that he seems to be allowed.  Folks who have been in the public end of education probably know what I mean by that.  I would bet a paycheck his students end up knowing more about their subject and, most importantly, living well than most.  Freedom in the classroom and a teacher with excellent character generally have that effect.

    Fact is, one size does not fit all when it comes to teaching; teaching is 95% art, in my opinion.  (I should mention, I’ve been a teacher in various settings for about 10 years.)  Yet many/most public sources of education are either firmly implanted in the one-size-fits-all universe or are circling toward it.

  7. Keith Preston

    Nope.  Louisville Male High School  is a public school.  It’s been around a long time.  My father-in-law, who was born in 1915, was a graduate.

    It’s just a red state…we allow God to be mentioned…so far…

  8. Keith Preston
    Flapjack: 

    Fact is, one size does not fit all when it comes to teaching; teaching is 95% art, in my opinion.  (I should mention, I’ve been a teacher in various settings for about 10 years.)  Yet many/most public sources of education are either firmly implanted in the one-size-fits-all universe or are circling toward it. · 32 minutes ago

    There is much truth in this, FJ, but for those of us still teaching, education policy is evolving into something more dangerous.

    They talk like they don’t want one-size-fits-all, but they are trying to get those who have talents in teaching in different ways to embrace, wait for it, change.

    If you hire a teacher who excels at group activities and projects, support that.  If you hire one who turns “lectures” into fascinating story telling or shines when relating historical events to present day culture, reward that.

    We are becoming a profession run by crusades for “social justice” and a rejection of knowledge in favor of “making a difference through causes.”

    And we end up producing the low-information voter that rejects facts in favor of emotion.  Thus, King Barry’s Reign of Error.

  9. Spin

    Just incredible.  I’d say Time got it wrong…

  10. Spin

    Let me revisit.  I was driving along to work this morning and the more I thought about the “big deal” the government just struck with itself, the more angry I got.  And I thought “You know, the only good thing about this is we can finally stop calling them ‘The Bush Tax Cuts’ ”  And I thought “I really need to stop following politics, it makes me so angry.”  But this guy, he really gives me hope.  I think there are a lot of folks just like this guy, in fact I know some of them.  And I realize that we humans are pretty OK, so long as we understand that it’s about loving each other, and we just forget that too often.

  11. Ursula Hennessey
    C
    Ken Owsley: Let me revisit.  I was driving along to work this morning and the more I thought about the “big deal” the government just struck with itself, the more angry I got.  And I thought “You know, the only good thing about this is we can finally stop calling them ‘The Bush Tax Cuts’ ”  And I thought “I really need to stop following politics, it makes me so angry.”  But this guy, he really gives me hope.  I think there are a lot of folks just like this guy, in fact I know some of them.  And I realize that we humans are pretty OK, so long as we understand that it’s about loving each other, and we just forget that too often. · 37 minutes ago

    I’m right with you, Ken.

  12. Jack Dunphy
    C

    Made my day.  Thank you, Ursula.

  13. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    That was beautiful. What a great work of journalism and what a remarkable story.

  14. I. raptus

    Very sweet.

  15. BTConservative

    How moving – that hit me in the heart and gut.   I loved how he ended talking to his students talking about how “it’s a love story.”  

  16. Severely Ltd.

    Thanks Ursula.

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