WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Jonathan Sager was an idealistic 22-year-old recent college graduate when he arrived in Hawaii in 2006, yearning to make a difference in the lives of children in hardscrabble neighborhoods like those on the Waianae Coast.
I’m a substitute teacher and can sympathize with Jonathan Sager. It’s a tough job, especially when you must buy a lot of educational materials out of your own pocket, put in extra hours helping students, and run into various roadblocks from the DOE. But, I knew this when I signed up. I still get a big kick out of teaching. Colleges of Education must temper their idealism and theory with a little reality. Inspire future teachers, but don’t "sugar coat" the problems of the real world. Aloha, Russ.
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