I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” –Clara Barton
I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to form compassionate students. After all, isn’t teaching about the hope that one of our students makes the world better? Isn’t the goal of research to find something new that might improve the past? I suppose it is human nature to see oneself as in the mainstream of thought. I have sometimes delighted in being outside the mainstream. I enjoy thinking big thoughts and imagining something better, more compassionate, and less violent. It is hard to imagine such a world when a child being held hostage after a shooting.
If we are going to…
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