When Fear Drives Good Teachers out of the Classroom

Green Bay, Wisconsin is best known to national television audiences as the smallest city in America with an NFL team.

Green Bay Packers broadcasts are typically replete with scenes of bucolic torpor; cows grazing on grass, cheese being manufactured or perhaps fans noshing on bratwurst. With a city population of just a shade over 100,000 and a metro area of just more than 300,000, the city appears to typify Rockwellian middle-America. But largely hidden from the public eye in this “big small town” are very real big city school problems. A dedicated teacher recently chose to expose them and, for exactly three weeks, nobody noticed her warning cries.