from "Indian Education"
In the Art Room
The Invisible Boy in a Jock
Esther Royer Ayers
from "Feeling Different"
from How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir
My Time On Earth
Let's Move Our Chairs and Desks Around and See What We Can See
Here and Now We Are Walking Together
The Word according to Mr. Coosak
from The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey
from An American Childhood
from Firebird: A Memoir
Violet A. Dutcher
Learning Politics in the First Grade
The Day I Stopped Hating Cheerleaders
After the Facts: Poetry and the Sophomores
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
from Colored People: A Memoir
Does Not Use Free Time Wisely
from Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life
Wrestling Mr. Dietz
Ruth Ellen Hendricks
Professional Knowledge and Practice
Faith S. Holsaert
Friday Night Heroes
Lawson Fusao Inada
Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Portrait of a Poet as a Public School Kid
Dreams of Math
Jesse Lee Kercheval
from "Everything You Always Wanted to Know"
How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life
from Planet of the Blind
from The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography
from Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
I Am a Cloud: Revisited, or an Open Letter to My Third Grade Teacher
Kenneth A. McClane
The Mitchell Movement
from "Three Lessons"
Naomi Shihab Nye
Last Day of School
from The Blessing
Vivian Gussin Paley
from Kwanzaa and Me: A Teacher's Story
Under the Guidance of Falling Petals
from "The Body of My Work"
The Music Teachers of St. Augustine's Elementary
Luis J. Rodriguez
from Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.
from "Some Shelter"
Some of Us
Scott Russell Sanders
The Real Questions
Susan Richards Shreve
from Tales Out of School: Contemporary Writers on Their Student Years
Theodore R. Sizer
from The Red Pencil: Convictions from Experience in Education
from "My Working-Class Education"
High School Baseball Tryouts
Judith Gold Stitzel
One of the Men in the White Coats
from With Their Eyes: September 11th—The View from a High School at Ground Zero
Before and After
Meredith Sue Willis
What I Learned in First Grade
Notes on Contributors