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“Teacher of the Year” Blues

I hate the entire concept of “Teacher of the Year” awards. They are inherently unfair popularity contests which favor teachers who either work with extremely high achieving students, students facing headline-worthy challenges, or who manage to attract a lot of attention. The higher up on the TOY ladder you go, the sillier the whole thing becomes. National TOY candidates must be able to present a history of near-miraculous results in order…