As a teacher, i am invested in impermanence, by virture of being invested in student growth.  Growth is what learning is about, not the recall of facts and dates.  I want my students to be able to seek new information on their own and use information that they have learned or discovered to make their life better.  I want them to use this new information to continue to learn, to continue to grow. In our article, "New teachers’ perceptions of their experiences with radical pedagogy," Mark Storz and i visited with former students to learn how they had grown since participating in our Urban School-based Teacher Education Program.

If what i am doing in the classroom doesn't lead to growth, then i must change what i am doing. As teachers, we may never see the final impact of our work, but we must continue to  provide educational opportunities which permit continual learning. I agree with John Dewey, learning is about growth.