Gary,
 
Thank you for finding my comments refreshing.
 
I do think that working for  mastery is a very honorable goal - so working to become an  above average school is  an idea which should be commended. This philosopy often gets students and  parents annoyed with me as I often, have students re-do assignments and they do not at first understand why I insist on it. They say, "I already did my work why do I have to do it again? I did my best."  I do not mean to suggest that they did not do their best work at the time, just that it can be improved.  I tell them, "So now that you know what you did wrong - fix it." I try to nurture a new thinking disposition in my students  - that working for excellence and achieving it is a valuable gift that we can only give to ourselves. 
 
Anna

On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Gary Tupper <gtupper@peda.com> wrote:
Anna:

Your comments are most refreshing. I would surmise that as you read the missives of this list you likely feel you have fallen through the Alice in Wonderland hole & emerged into a weird nether-land where the sky is purple & many moons are in the perpetual heavens. A land fraught with danger - mafiosi, Ayatollahs, fraudsters and other assorted rascals. "Be afraid - be very afraid!"

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