I posted this story on Facebook:
And got this response from one of the sweetest, least controversial and most talented teachers at Montclair HS:
A beautifully written piece that makes me sad. I remember the days when this kind of conversation went on at MHS all the time! People we hired had Master's degree in their subject matter, had written and published in their fields, and cared deeply and passionately about sharing that with our students. Now we crunch numbers and fill out forms in data analysis sessions. There is no summer reading. I ask if I can order books for next year and get no reply.