With regard to my profession, I have truly attempted to live John Dewey’s famous quotation (now likely cliché with me, I’ve used it so very often) that “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” This type of total immersion is what I have always referred to as teaching “heavy,” working hard, spending time, researching, attending to details and never feeling satisfied that I knew enough on any topic. I now find that this approach to my professio n is not only devalued, but denigrated and perhaps, in some quarters despised.
-letter of resignation from Jerry Conti, veteran teacher, to the Westhill School District in Syracuse New York
In what he calls a “ sad long letter,” Conti, 62, notified the Westhill School District last month that he will retire when the school year ends. Conti said he’s leaving two years before he is eligible for a full 30-year pension, because he can no longer stomach what’s going on with the educational system.
“This whole thing is being driven by people who know nothing about education,” Conti said today.”It’s sad.”