Monday, June 07, 2010


Think of a group of skeptics. Maybe "9/11 truthers" or JFK assassination conspiracy theorists come to mind. Probably not at the top of your list would be education professionals. Yet they, as a class, have expressed to me, in writing, the most persistent and ongoing doubts about the very fabric of the universe, the inexorable march of time. Perhaps you've seen them as well. Most go something like this:
"It's hard to believe the summer is almost over..."
We now know this in my family as "The Educator's Salutation." My parents and I have received countless letters from elementary, middle and high school principals, superintendents, college deans and vice presidents, and now law school administrators that open with some variation on this.

There are different flavors, of course. The writer might observe and lament the end of the summer, or of Christmas break, or final exams period, rather than mark the start of a new school year, or note the recent passage of such a milestone: such are the many varieties of The Educator's Salutation. One such variation is that of my latest missive, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, in which an assistant dean says
"We can hardly believe it but our admissions cycle at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is nearing an end."
From elementary school to law school: it's good to know some things don't change.

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