In reading the Aug. 31 Point of View “ The difficulty of defining a ‘good’ teacher” by Bill Massey, I was reminded of a very inspiring comment made by one of the teachers in my school. When asked why he chose to become a teacher, John J. DiIulio remarked, “How can anyone live well without teaching, without the love of teaching or without wanting to teach? To love teaching one must know and care so much about a subject that you cannot help but share it as well, and truly as you can, with your beloved students.”
To me, that says it all. DiIulio’s love for teaching inspired not only his students, but also all of those around him, including the school staff and administration. Schools succeed in districts where the school administration, the teachers, the parents and the community all share these same goals.
The Department of Education wants to “place the best teachers” in the schools with the “highest percentage of low-income students” to close the achievement gap. It is a noble goal. If it doesn’t address the issues of administrative, parental and community support, the goal will be difficult to achieve.