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What Matters Most
What matters most

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

—Aristotle

Teachers are heroes, and teaching is a heroic act. You would be wasting your time if you tried to convince me otherwise. That might appear to be a rather bold, even brash and certainly biased statement to make, but after spending my entire adult life inside schools looking out at the broader community, I have come to realize that very lucky people get to hang out in schools. They are typically welcoming and happy places, filled with laughter, encouraging words, questions, answers, passion, and the personal power that learning can generate. This unique vantage point has allowed me to view the world from the innocent eyes of students, the trusting eyes of parents, and ...

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