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David

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So sorry it caused you distress David. Please see my response to Mike below.
Some others shared your response. And I also got lots of emails from people who loved it. Both dark humor and hoaxes are a tricky territory. I think your response and some of the others also tell us just how deep some of the wounds are that teachers are experiencing. That concerns me more. So I am really sorry that you felt it was mean. That certainly was not my intent. Adding to the wounds is the last thing I wanted to do.

If you read my "Down the Rabbit Hole" column from some months ago, you will see that although I am very serious about educational issues, I do see satire and other forms of humor as appropriate. This may be a serious forum, but for me humor fits in a serious forum. Still, it is possible this one went a step too far. Perhaps I should have made it more absurd so that it would be clear it wasn't serious.

I hope you'll stick with my blog, for the serious, and hopefully helpful, columns coming over the next few months.

Too soon! I'm sorry, but

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Too soon! I'm sorry, but that is not funny. I'm not sure what you hoped to inspire with this piece. Perhaps it would be more appropriate in a publication such as the Onion, but this is a serious forum, and that was just not expected. I had to pause before finishing the piece to help my daughter, and in that time I felt such a sense of relief. Then I finished the piece, and now I'm back to reality. That was really mean, and I love comedy. Wrong place to make that joke my friend.

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[quote] I'll keep waiting for

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[quote] I'll keep waiting for the morning when we wake up and see that our policy-makers have come to their senses. You and I are on the same side in this fight....that much i'm sure of.[/quote]

And I'll keep tilting windmills Mike! We 're clearly on the same side. Stay tuned for a column I'll write sometime this Spring or Summer that focuses on a new book by Nel Noddings. I keep needing to find the voices out there that really do see it clearly, partially to reaffirm my own sanity. She has the vision that almost none of our policy makers have.

Again, thanks for your openness and for your obvious real care about the challenges we're dealing with.

Mark

Don't worry about it

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I'm certainly not upset in any sort of violent or pill-popping-inducing way. But i just thought i share my two cents. It's good to see that you're engaging in dialogue with folks who comment here. I can appreciate your perspective and I'm sure plenty of folks will appreciate the effort to bring some humor to these issues. I'll keep waiting for the morning when we wake up and see that our policy-makers have come to their senses. You and I are on the same side in this fight....that much i'm sure of.

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Mike

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Thanks for your very honest and thoughtful response Mike.
I really understand and I'm truly sorry if my piece caused you even a few minutes of greater pain.

I had a somewhat similar response to a draft when I ran it by a close friend who is so tired of dealing with the craziness of her local school district's way of playing out some of our national craziness. I'm not sure my own daughter, teaching in a local urban district that is better at providing stress than support for teachers or students, might not have the same response.

Quite honestly, I often find myself angry and/or shaking my head in dismay at both local and national educational policies and the level of the debates.
But I still think we need to maintain a sense of humor which helps us detach and be more effective in dealing with his stuff. It is ghetto humor to be sure but I think it can help. My earlier Alice in Wonderland piece was in the same spirit, but that one didn't delude anyone.

The other reality, true very much for me as well, is that our sense of humor often deserts us when we most need it because the issue is just too emotionally laden.
I really did tread in some very emotionally laden territory for teachers.

And if many people had the response you did, then perhaps the joke hit too close to home to be at all funny. In which case, even if you're not at all blasting me, again I'm truly sorry.

Mark

Boo this article

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I consider myself to be someone who has a great sense of humor. But I consider Edutopia to be a place that I can count on to inspire me. You lead the way in making the most out of the hand we educators have been dealt. So what if we face a mountain of unfunded mandates? Let's be strong and let's be creative in solving the problems. I am exhausted at this time of year....even with spring break. I tried hard to appreciate your humor with this piece. After the first two paragraphs I had already considered googling this topic to see if there were other news reports I'd missed. But i started to figure out that something was fishy so i just skipped ahead to the end. Of course, I was right. You're playing a joke. And i'm not trying to blast you. But I didn't appreciate the comedic relief. I pray every day that this will happen. You just bummed me out more. I'm sure others find it in a much more light-hearted spirit than i do.

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Melanie

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[quote]That took a lot of guts to play that April Fool's joke.[/quote]

Thanks Melanie, but it really didn't take much guts. I love to have opportunities to play the Trickster and April Fools is perfect for that. So I had fun writing it. I used to love doing that with students. It would wake them up!

Mark

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

That took a lot of guts to

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That took a lot of guts to play that April Fool's joke.

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