Diane\'s Blog

John Kuhn

Diane,

I am a superintendent of schools at a small school district in Texas; I am also the brother of three public school educators and the husband of one. I want to thank you for your amazing leadership — for your voice, your book The Death and Life…, and your review of Waiting for Superman in the New York Review of Books.

I want to invite you to come and inspire my teachers, or to produce a video, to save them from despair, to lift them up after all the times they’ve been pushed down. You are the truest voice I have heard in a long, long time.

The President, the press, Bill Gates and the commissioner of TEA have forsaken us, preferring their unexamined dogma that you described so perfectly in your review. My people have been declared the enemy almost overnight. You are such a blessing. Please, please, please keep telling them that we are good people. (We don’t want more pay, we don’t want fame, we just want to be told that we are good — we teachers are wired that way; we used to be the teacher’s pet.)

Thanks again for your words. They healed me today. Please don’t let up.

John Kuhn
Superintendent
Perrin-Whitt CISD