The ups, the downs, the surprises and the lessons learned in my year of grad school and student teaching.
Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
It’s so goddamn beautiful.
It’s so goddamn broken.
Both of these things are true of Philadelphia at the same time.
There is a very good three-part series on NPR on the Philadelphia public school system. I say this not as an NPR employee, but as a longtime resident of the city of Philadelphia. If you deeply care about education in the United States — or about the future of our cities — take a read or a listen.
The series made me think of this essay by Emma Eisenberg. Every so often, I go back and reread it because it perfectly encompasses why I love the place where I grew up. - Mel