I would love to go off on the testing system we have set up, but in all honesty, I think Texas’s greatest academic problems stem from the people we have leading our classrooms. As teachers, we should be driven by our passion for students and not bullied into teaching a test by people who lost their enthusiasm long ago. We’ve sacrificed our backbone and caved in to a system that we know might produce short-term results but completely saps the love of learning from all classrooms. Shame on us. We need to remind our bosses what real love for education is.

Simpson was the 2008 elementary schoolteacher of the year.

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