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  •  this whole thread reminds me (11+ / 0-)

    of a story my kid sister told me about her high school back in the 70s (public high school in NE Minneapolis) we were just back in Minneapolis after Dad got out of the Air Force.

    Air Force dependent schools were great by the way - often operating on a shoe string budget in far flung foreign places, the teachers were underpaid, sometimes not prepared for what they encountered, but totally dedicated.

    My 4th grade teacher when we were stationed in Spain used to end class every afternoon early and read to us every afternoon - he spent most of that spring reading us "Kon-Tiki" in installments, like a cliff-hanger.

    Anyways - my kid sis, so now we're back in the States, home for the first time ever, she's new at this high school, a freshman, and they had an assignment to read any book you liked and do a book report.

    So she picks Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot" - yikes - actually read the thing all the way through and produced an 8 page book report on it.

    The teacher, bless his heart, looked at her, and said, "you actually read this book?" She said "yes sir, every word".

    He didn't say another word, just took her book report from her, and without even looking at it, graded it A+.

    I feel fortunate that my sister and I had some absolutely terrific teachers in classrooms all over the country and overseas.

    Great diary. I love these kind of discussions.

    Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

    by Rosebuddear on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:01:51 PM PST

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