My heart ached after reading Tom Snyder’s “The Day The Music Died In Class.” Having taught at Wawona Middle School with Tom for many years I saw in him that love for teaching. He was always out there on the field or in the quad when I had planned an activity or competition with the students.
His interaction with the students was a joy to see. Tom had done many great things with the students from planning trips to the coast for surfing to guitar club at lunch.
I miss those days. I teach art at Edison High School, having left Wawona 13-plus years ago. Teaching 27 years, I have begun to feel what Tom Snyder felt: The commitment to my students is there and always will be, but with all the changes of trying to fix our educational system something is missing and has been missing for quite some time.
And that is the “hands on” classes — from cooking and sewing to woodshop and automotive classes. Our students of today our missing out on so much of what we had as students of yesterday. You know what? I think we turned out alright.