Dave, thank you for writing this. There are days at school I feel my friends like wind in my sails.
Donna, a pleasure to meet you. I ask my guys about their middle school language arts teachers the first thing every year, and I always get an earful about these affirming, fun, and life-changing teachers I know I’ll never measure up to.
As far as technology in schools, I think the push-and-pull slowly gives way to greater acceptance by parents and administrators. I lost battles early on that somehow got won later when I wasn’t looking. (I fought hard to no avail to get the school system to unblock Ning.com, for instance. Two years later, a teacher told me she was using it in the classroom. Now we can even use YouTube at school.)