The folks leading education in the U.S. today are corporatists who believe in quarterly reports, bottom line and accountability to pre-set standards. But teaching is a funny profession. Anyone who has spent a couple of years in a classroom with kids knows that instantaneous indicators of achievement like standardized test scores don’t mean much in the long term development of a student’s intellect. As a former high school physics and chemistry teacher, I am more interested in indicators that hold up over time. For a true-life example that just happened over the past 3 days, click here to see what my student from the class of 1965 is still inquiring about.