Maybe it is. It certainly feels that way to Karen as curriculum restraints be-
come tighter and tighter and she begins to envision herself as someone
who has to go underground with her teaching. When she sees her newest
colleagues forced to use the basal for the first 3 years of their teaching, as
well as being forced to use the phonics program, she tends to quietly re-
treat to her classroom. If she does this, she becomes a teacher-hermit who
can only celebrate what she is doing with those she trusts deeply. She be-
comes a singularity, isolated, alone.