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  •  What struck me -- Hell, jumped out and just about (22+ / 0-)

    kicked me in the privates:

    The idea for taking teachers to space dates to when President Reagan created the Teacher in Space program to honor teachers and spur student interest in STEM.
    Yup. The most conservative President ever. The very same President  whose name gets chanted by the oddest members of today's odd lot of GOP Ghouligans.

    We are nowhere without teachers, and, contrary to what some may think, that is not a matter of conservative v. liberal politics.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:12:18 AM PST

    •  My daughter was very fortunate to have, (13+ / 0-)

      as her 8th grade science teacher, Christa McAuliffe's back up for the Challenger's fated mission. As much as she was already hooked on science and space, he expanded it in many ways. Most importantly, he totally supported her confidence in being able to do well in science despite significant dyslexia.

      On his recommendation she was put in an honors biology class the next year with an excellent teacher her brother had 4 years before. One of the history teachers both had for several classes was a standout in teaching the specifics and the importance of the subject. The special ed lead teacher was superb. 10 years since she graduated, they still keep in touch.

      Teaching is truly a calling. Much is made of how a society treats it's vulnerable members. We need to also hold up those who prepare the young to understand, love and respect the power of knowledge.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 11:12:36 AM PST

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