I watch too much cable I admit. Day after day it gets frustrating. Yesterday I watched as someone called legislation to prevent teacher layoffs a bailout – but I know that’s not a view held by many nor were the views I was frustrated about.
I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on and she had a teacher she didn’t like at school. I had a real crush on her so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way.
I took Spanish in high school and I didn’t do too well in it. My Spanish teacher told me not to go on with Spanish anymore so I was discouraged a little bit.
I think once you’re in the public eye whether you’re a boss a teacher or whatever you do that you’re automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question.
I remember the mentoring experiences of some teachers that I had like a second term home room teacher in public school that really was very helpful to me.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
I had an art teacher who’s the reason I got there in high school who encouraged me to go to Alabama. That’s where she had gone and kept raving over their art department.
I do a lot of work with the Dyslexia Institute because for people with dyslexia who do not have parental support it is a huge disadvantage. I was fortunate because my Mum was a teacher and she taught me to work hard.
I could never have a better teacher in those days than my father.
I am a teacher and I am proud of it. At Cornell University I have taught primarily undergraduates and indeed almost every year since 1966 have taught first-year general chemistry.