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Thom: In Appreciation Of Teachers

On his Facebook wall, Facebook Friend Thom George offers this comment about teachers:

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day; I'd like to acknowledge Sr. James Loretta who saw something in me that I wouldn't see for another almost 30 years; Mr. Salmon, for teaching me that history, that which is past and that which has not yet been written, is about people; And my Finite Math instructor at Baruch College who gave me a B+ when an A would have given me a 4.0 in my first semester back after dropping out of college three years earlier, a semester in which I was taking 21 credit hours (I wound up with 6 A's and 1 B+). My numeric grade was 6/10ths of a point shy of an A, I asked him to round it up so I could have a 4.0. He replied,”Math is a science of exactness, you got exactly a B+.” I was undeservedly irate at the time, but came to understand and accept that: A — Facts are facts, B — Sometimes the answer is No. C — You can't always get what you want. Years later, I was able to apply this lesson to raising two wonderful children.

Question: Describe a teacher or two who made a major difference in your life?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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