Paul Bennett is a long-time education reformer. He just posted on Facebook his photo of 30 years ago as a school trustee candidate. He also has the blog, Educhatter https://educhatter.wordpress.com/ I wrote this note on his Facebook page:
On this Thanksgiving Day I am so grateful that you have not dropped out of the ed reform efforts. You have such a stockpile of experiences, insights and knowledge it would be a pity for us to lose your perspective and continuing zeal. It’s so tempting to quit. So many I know are so, so relieved to leave the pain and hopelessness. Ed improvement sabotage is so frustrating, infuriating, exasperating, maddening, sad . . . Thanks for being there and not giving up. Hope to see visible responsiveness in our lifetime!
[Discouraging is another word I should have used.]