I had the opportunity to compare teaching by a new teacher in public school in a poor, primarily minority area vs teaching in a wealthy private school that was almost exclusively white. The comparison in the way the teachers spoke to the children was astounding. The private teachers were kind, respectful and treated the students like special clients. Reasons were always given for decisions, etc. The speech of the public school teacher was dictatorial (because I said so!), often sarcastic, usually negative (no! Stop! Don’t!), and really uncomfortable / unpleasant, especially coming off the private school observation. Just think what 12 years in one environment means vs the other. We have so much work to do in terms of equality in this country. That is all.