I told students last week that I was leaving the University.

After our last class today, a big, tough-guy student handed me a letter. It read, in part:

“…the two classes I have taken with you have taught me more and invigorated me more than all of the journalism classes I have taken here. I could literally feel myself learning and it was exciting. …thank you for trying your hardest to make me a smarter person. Your time here has touched me and many others too. Again, thank you.”

I get a lot of messages like that. This is why I teach.


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