The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers...
William Wordsworth, 1802
To the School Community,
As one who has always tried to make sense of things through writing, I have put pen to paper a dozen times in the last five days. Each time my pen has failed me, as, together with our students, parents, and teachers, I try to sort through the contradictions with which we are all confronted. Perhaps I should have written to you sooner. Perhaps I should have resolved more quickly the questions with which I wrestle now. Perhaps there are no questions to be resolved. When and if you finish this letter, you may feel I should have quit while I was ahead. I can't blame you. Still, looking forward as I do to the balance of the year, I decided to spend a few minutes looking backward.