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A Great Teacher is A Great Artist

John Steinbeck wrote this in 1955, "I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." This quote appeared in a larger article written by J.Wilson McKenny editor of the California Teachers Association Journal. In that article McKenny discussed Steinbeck's life, especially his ideas on education.  Read More 
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Digesting The ABC's

The Civil War was finally over and the Raleigh, North Carolina Tri-Weekly Standard was now informing its readers about food, instead of war deaths. Here's part of an article from 1867:
"The latest culinary novelty is alphabetical soup. Instead of the usual cylindric and star shaped morsels of macaroni which have hitherto given body to our broth, the letters of the alphabet have been substituted. These letters of paste preserve their forms in passing through the pot."  Read More 
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The Power of A Great Teacher

I left high school sure of one thing: I was through with American history. I'd memorized and forgotten the presidents' names more than once. And none of them, except maybe Abe Lincoln, had done anything that I found interesting.
European history wasn't much better, but at least it had princes and princesses and knights in armor, although they seemed irrelevant in the modern world. Given a choice, I made sure my college freshman year was history-free.
And then a friend told me I should take a course given by a professor named David Donald.  Read More 
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