If Socrates were to meet a group of young, fresh-out-of-credential-school, stars-in-their-eyes teachers today, say, at the local Coffee Bean around the corner for Friday morning coffee, he would measure his words delicately. He might tactfully jog their memories and remind them of how he was once accused of corrupting young minds. Then, as the coffee flowed, he would open up and opine about how daring they were to choose teaching as a profession. He would simmer in reverie about his days with Plato and say, “Those who dare to teach must never cease to learn.” At this point in the conversation, Socrates would need a quick review of the major developments in education for the last 2,500 years. He would need to know that being daring enough to teach today, in an Urban school district like Long Beach, California, carries a new and evolved meaning—one that diverges significantly away from what it meant back when Socrates strolled beneath the daunting gaze of Doric columns, spouting wisdom to those who would hear, or inciting scorn in those who ruled.

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