Go read.

John Scalzi has an appreciation of a teacher who changed his life at his blog. Good lord, but it almost made me cry.

Posted at 10:29 am in Uncategorized |

5 responses to “Go read.”

  1. alex said on March 4, 2005 at 11:25 am

    Wow. Lucky guy. Many of my teachers were the sort who taught for no other reason than to have their summers off, and among these were some incredibly simple-minded people who were nothing more than babysitters, and pretty abysmal even at that. Imagine seeing obits and having the opposite reaction. That’s been the case for me, at least once so far.

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  2. Bob said on March 4, 2005 at 1:02 pm

    I intended to post a comment here about my two most memorable teachers, but ended up posting it at the end of the linked article.

    I guess that just proves that despite the best efforts of the best teachers, some students never learn to pay attention to what they’re doing.

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  3. mary said on March 4, 2005 at 5:56 pm

    Mr. Mc Millin sounds like a wonderful teacher, and I wish my kids had at least one teacher who was as inspiring and challenging. Unfortunately, they go to public school, and they spend a lot of time getting ready for the seven standardized tests they are required to take each year. They can fill in bubbles with number 2 pencils with the best of them.

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  4. brian stouder said on March 4, 2005 at 9:45 pm

    Well, I don’t know that it is at all “unfortunate” that anyone’s children attend public schools – but whatever.

    We’ve done Catholic schools, and we’ve done public schools, and the public schools have not only always exceeded the non-public ones, but they were also less expensive and more responsive to parental involvement.

    just for the record

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  5. mary said on March 6, 2005 at 1:39 pm


    Not that long ago, I would find nothing unfortunate about attending public schools, but now that we have No Child Left Behind, and its state and local clones, the curriculum in public schools here seems to be largely test prep. Mr. MdMillin’s style of teaching would be useless in this academic atmosphere. Teachers work within the rules that are set, even if they don’t like, so there are no Mr. McMillins in our public schools these days.

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