My degree is in secondary education earth science, and I was pretty good at it for about 18 months while still attending college. Most of the kids and I had a great time together, and for a while I thought I had chosen the perfect path. It was other teachers, school administrators, school boards, PTAs and state regent policies that drove me away. I began to see early on, and this was in 1970, that the schools weren’t meeting the needs of the students and that other non-student issues like more time off, more bureaucratic intervention and regulation, padded administrations, outside, non-educational considerations had more importance than teaching materials, how to reach kids with learning problems, bullying, and a host of other direct student needs.
So I quit the public school systems and went to work in a private school for emotionally troubled kids who were kicked out of the public system. Enjoyed these kids in spite of their personal issues, and they had some serious ones. But after two months of employment the owner of the school absconded with 300K of the schools operating money and ran away with his secretary to Hawaii. It was very traumatic to be there and watch all of the kids returned to their parents within a week and the gates of the campus locked.
I was done with education as a career. But all things happen for a purpose. As it was, after divesting myself of pretty much all of my possessions and hitting the road for a number of years, with a guitar I never learned to play, and a copy of Finnigan’s Wake that I was never able to understand, it led me eventually to Marie’s door.
It was exactly the right choice.
Drew, my man, don’t let my story scare you into or out of any decisions because here I am more than forty years later, happier than anyone deserves to be. Your heart and mind are wonderful tools, and will always guide you to where you need to be, especially if you have faith in their power and patience to let them work for you.