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top student in history, you know, although I respected her.
I remember a teacher of English, Mrs. Chapin, who was terms?
a lady, sort of New England American aristocrat in manner, and
voice and diction, and the thing I remember most vividly about her is
that she made literature come alive. You know, she was -- it was not
dry as dust. I mean, she had this wonderful way of bringing out the
relationship between the written word and life and your thoughts, your
experience, and using it to stimulate you to think and -- you know.
And interestingly enough, all of these things, to me, with
the exception of Mr. Goddesman, were non-racial.
What this reminiscing is doing for me is, putting in context
the things that I fight for now, in a way, you know, in education;
that actually, this is possible. And somehow or other, I may be
unrealistic in believing that it is still possible, for teachers who
really are teachers to elicit, to bring out, to stimulate more
positive potentials of their students.
This, to me, is one of the most important roles that a
human being can have. And I just hate to see it bastardize.
When you were denied this economics prize, was there any explanation
from any source given to you?
You just knew, there was no question but that you had the
-- not only did I know it, but all my classmates knew it.
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