“My fourth grade teacher Margaret Whittaker was a joy and inspiration. I didn’t like school much; didn’t like sitting still; only wanted to read what amused me. Mrs. Whittaker somehow managed to make a special place for me in a large public school classroom. If I couldn’t pay attention to a civics lesson, she would give me paper and crayons and say, “Go invent a planet.” By the time I was done, I knew what it took to run a community – which had been the subject of the lesson to begin with. She often let me out of classes I couldn’t stand – like music and art – but thereby obligated me to do whatever other work she assigned – reading and writing. I came back to visit her for more than a decade, until she retired. I won’t say she taught me to love school, but she taught me to love learning.”
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