Dr. Windsor Eagle: In his own words
The following quotes are from an interview with Dr. Windsor Eagle during his final week at Salisbury High School.
On why he stayed at Salisbury High 32 years….
"I don't want to say I couldn't find another job, but I couldn't find another job that was any better. I had a good situation here. The community really supported the school, so I wasn't just going to cut and run for anything else. I had to have something else that was really interesting that would beat what we have here and there wasn't much out there that could beat it."
On adding Advanced Placement courses….
"I think when we brought in the first AP course we have had 30 people taking it and now we have almost 400 AP exams given each year.
On accountability over the years….
"There have been a lot of new requirements placed on kids. That's a big change. It just gets harder to deal with each year with more and more stuff coming in and that stuff I'm referring to is regulations from the state and the feds. I think the sad part of it is that the people who are legislating all this have great ideas and good intentions, but they need to talk to some people in the field to see what might work."
On how accountability impacts learning….
"We've lost a lot to the testing. I'll give you an example in social studies. In U.S. history we used to read 'All Quiet on the Western Front" and 'Black Like Me.' Students would go on to civics and read '1984,' 'Brave New World' and 'The Communist Manifesto.' You can't do that now because you have to focus on the testing. Everything is so focused on the tests, not what you learn."
On how being a parent made him a better educator….
"Without children, it's hard to see how many mistakes kids can make and know that they just have to recover. It's helped with patience. You're not going to get adult behavior from non-adults, so you've got to deal with what you have and nurture it and make it into something."