Ed Week has a column here by an educator remembering a teacher who changed her life. She questions whether or not a teacher like that can survive in today’s data-driven assessment world.
I see by the notes at the end that Mr. Pepperling did retire as a teacher, which means he stayed in the profession after leaving Ms. Cella's school.
I think the real issue is will teachers like Mr. P. want to stay in education today? I retired almost five years ago, and just in this short time I can see a "hostile environment" taking over the profession. Why would a creative, energetic, talented teacher put up with the assessment-driven curriculum and evaluations? Not to mention the political effort to reduce salaries, benefits, and collective bargaining protections.