Last week’s column was the 200th one
that I have written since Teacher Talk began in 1998. It has been a rewarding
challenge for me.
The last two years have seen several surprises. Chief
among them was the expectation that certain columns may prove to be
controversial, but were not. Similarly, there were columns that received an
unexpected response from the readership.
On May 2 and May 9 of this year, I wrote a two-part
series comparing today’s parents to their own parents. I observed that previous
generations of parents wanted their children to be responsible, whereas
the current generation places much more emphasis on their children being
I expected to receive many e-mails from readers on
what could have been a controversial topic. In the end, I got none.
In contrast to this, I wrote a column on January 3 of
this year in which I included a photo of a sign with an apostrophe being
misused. I explained some basic rules for the use of the apostrophe. No big
deal, I thought, when I wrote it.
This column generated e-mails for days! All of the
writers expressed their appreciation for my writing the column and shared their
own frustrations as they see the misuse of this simple symbol.
Questions from readers
At the suggestion of the Daily News publisher,
this column has become a forum in which I answer questions from readers. Parents
recognize how much school has changed since they were students, and they have
asked me about these changes. I have enjoyed being able to clarify some of the
reasons why we do things as we do in schools nowadays.
I continue to welcome your questions and I will do my
best to answer them in the column in a timely manner.
Second edition of the book
Last summer saw the second and enlarged edition of my
book (see below). The introduction and table of contents are available on my
website, if you would like to have a sense of it before you buy.
Thank you to all readers for making the column as
successful as it is.
Jay Davidson has been teaching in San Francisco since
1969; he teaches first grade. He is the author of Teach Your Children Well: A
Teacher’s Advice for Parents, which is available at Amazon.com and
bookstores for $12.95.