Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.
A high-school teacher, after all, is a person deputized by the rest of us to explain to the young what sort of world they are living in, and to defend, if possible, the part their elders are playing in it.
I touch the future. I teach.
Teachers perform major miracles in America, daily.
Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.
A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.
After a year or two of keeping my head down and trying to pass myself off as a normal person, I made contact with the five other people at my university who were interested in writing; and through them, and some of my teachers, I discovered that there was a whole subterranean Wonderland of Canadian writing that was going on just out of general earshot and sight.
Suffering is one of life's great teachers.
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