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The World of All 8 O'clock Classes and No Cuts

Rick 2811 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 9:56 AM
Having taught high school for over 30 years and running what I called a fairly tight, disciplined classroom, this article begs the question as whether I did the same to anyone as Dr. Fred Chapman did to Newt's daughter...probably not, but it's the way it should be and sadly no longer is...
Rick 2811 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 10:02 AM
also, towards the end of my career I thought I was losing my touch to connect with students so I retired a little early thinking that. I now realize it was students out of touch with me and discipline...they didn't get it much elsewhere, why need it from this old codger !!
ColdWolverine Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 8:33 PM
It's difficult to know when it's time to go, no matter what the field. I think people tend to guess wrong though. The big heads stay because they think the world needs them, and the clear thinkers retire because they don't want to serve in their declining years.

My undergraduate studies took place at Presbyterian College, a liberal arts school of about 1,000 students in Clinton, S.C. The town was so small that you had to leave it to find a McDonald's or go to a movie.

The campus was picturesque. Old, tall oak trees, brick buildings, a lawn where students played Frisbee and football, a girls' freshman dorm that had shared bathrooms in the hall and no air conditioning. When I started, I knew only one other student (the previous year's valedictorian from my high school), but I gained many lifelong friends along the way.

While the...