Is Anyone Thinking
About The Children?
The Lifelong Journey of an Educator from Student to Superintendent (Life Is Really the Teacher)
About the Book
Lee Sease traces his career as an educator. He focuses on two separate but intertwined themes. One is on his own personal development from childhood experiences to the influence of professional mentors. The other focus is on the distractions that prevent us from doing our very best in educating and preparing our children for citizenship and adulthood. As he struggles with these distractions, he must continuously reflect back upon the key mile stones in his own development, particularly that which he learned from his mentors, to find grounding in what he truly believes and values.
After all, life is the real teacher and we must be prepared to see our experiences as our laboratory for personal growth. Self-examination is an important discipline for someone who chooses a profession that involves an intense working with others. Without it, the tendency is to continuously reflect and judge others. Judgement is the principle roadblock to building effective relationships which is the foundation for success. When relationships are built upon honesty, trust, and support, the work moves forward and the opportunity for success is optimized. When relationships are surrounding by deception, fear, and control, failure looms.
In this body of work you will witness the growth of an individual through not only love and appreciation but through trial and abandonment. You will witness relationships built upon strong foundations and relationships built upon decay. In the end, we can learn from both experiences.
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Lee Sease, a dedicated educator, has not only been a caring teacher and mentor, but also a steadfast advocate for a child’s right to be taught within a nurturing environment. In Holy Crap!!! Is Anyone Thinking About the Children? he offers his personal journey as a teacher and administrator in an often broken system, which too frequently ignores its main focus of being—the child. Anyone in education needs to read Lee’s book and grow in understanding of how better to serve our children.
I throughly enjoyed reading Holy Crap!!! Is Anyone Thinking About The Children. It gave me great insight into a person I greatly admire and helped me reflect on my own teaching career. Lee so eloquently and honestly talks about the many challenges we have in education and the struggles educators go through to stay true to themselves and focus on educating students. I found it really interesting to reflect on the history of education in VT and how politics have and continue to influence the struggles that our Educational system has.
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