In response to:

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

tporter Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:54 PM
Nice tribute to a good teacher! This kind of teacher is usually appreciated most by those who in fact rise to meet the challenge. Too many folks now days are only appreciating the easy way out. Too often the teachers who challenge kids are whined about that they are too hard. Thus too many teachers go along to get along. Too many teachers are getting blasted as the root of the problem with education, but I suggest that education reflects society more than it shapes it. Show me any student whose parent wants them to get a good education, and I'll show you a kid who gets one no matter the school - private, public, charter, home.

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...