About eight years ago, while I was still the principal of Moreno Valley High School, I completed a 400 page manuscript on my experiences in K-12 education to date. I hired a professional editor to pull it together for publication and, after working on it for awhile she came back to me and said, “This is extremely important material that the world needs to hear about. Unfortunately it needs to be re-written completely.”
At the time, I didn’t have the heart to re-write it. In the last year or so I’ve begun looking at it again and have re-written some sections, copied and pasted others. I think that the pain of those experiences are now far enough away that I can re-write the manuscript, bit by bit. I’ll test market some pieces here.
One section which has long been a favorite of those who have read it is my leader’s eye account of “The First Three Days of Socratic Practice in an Inner City Classroom.” Here is a link to one version of that piece, comments welcome.