Imagine No Barriers
"Imagine no barriers. No limits. How would you reinvent the profession of teaching?"
The deadline has already passed, so those wanting to throw down 400 words on this one are pretty much SOL -- my own 160-words-too-long submission just made it in -- but ya'll should feel free to take on the comment section with fervor.
In addition to the draconian word limit (seriously, it takes me half that to just get through an opening anecdote), I struggle with the imagine no barriers line. Cuz we've got barriers. Lot's of em. And it seems to me that such a huge part of what we do is struggle to find success within the context of those barriers, push the constraints of the barriers out as much as we can, uproot and replant the barriers a little further down the road. Now, suddenly, I've got no barriers? Who's got time to think like that?
More: (cuz I know ya'll were holding your breath)
My essay has been chosen as one of the five winners. It will run in the summer 2008 edition of One Day.