... during his keynote speech "Arts and the Aesthetics in the Age of Tests and Terror in our Nation's Public Schools" at the 21st Century Arts in Learning conference at the University at Buffalo Friday, October 3. Kozol shared stories that inspired his newest book, Letters to a Young Teacher, and explained that the "young teacher" Francesca whose first grade, inner city Boston classroom he visited, loved her students, and he looked in No Child Left Behind and didn't find the word "love" in it. That's when I cried. Not surprisingly, he ranted and railed against NCLB robbing love and joy and beauty from urban schools. His speech probably reflects how he thinks - in poetry, in tangents, with passion.
The top picture shows him wearing Keds sneakers just like Mr. Rogers! Middle pic is me at his book signing. Bottom pic shows what he wrote/drew in my book. Love the halo! (Why long hair? He was talking to the woman in line before me when he signed MY book, and SHE had long hair.)
I attended the conference with fellow English teacher H from my school - so fun!