Over seven years ago I graduated from college and happily began...

Over seven years ago I graduated from college and happily began my career as a public school kindergarten teacher. I soon found, however, that the university courses I had taken and the academic, philosophical, and psychological theories I had been taught did not prepare me for what I met in the classroom.

I had a class of thirty youngsters with no help during the academic periods. Our student body ran the gamut of socioeconomic and scholastic levels, so some of the children were ready to read and compute, while others had never even used a pencil; I seemed to be faced not only with so-called "low academic achievers" but also with a variety of emotional and discipline problems that reportedly defied professional help.

September 21, 1981
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