November 23, 2011 by rlewiscordell
On my last post, I asked about the general perception of teachers unions in America.
A thought provoking comment came in that stated, “Our teachers should be our nation’s most revered citizens – if that were the case we would have a world-class public education system”.
Dr. C.W. Powell was my favorite teacher in high school. It was a small school, and I had him for several subjects in grades 9, 10, and 11. These subjects included English and British Literature, Economics, and Mathematics.
He was a wild looking man with a graying Abraham Lincoln beard and curly grey hair. He was something like a mad scientist in looks and a Mother Theresa in connectedness to his students. I revered this man!
I respected him because he respected me. I believed that he cared about me as a person. I believed that he cared about learning. I believe that he cared about me as a learner. Grades were not really part of that equation. I earned As in his Literature and Economics courses, and I earned my only F in mathematics from him. Dr. Powell simply respected me. He allowed me to question. He patiently explained and taught me in a way that expanded my perspective.
Fellow Thinker, I ask. Who in your life has been an intensely respected teacher? Why has this person been revered by you?