Changing lives

Great teachers
I loved reading in this issue about great teachers, teachers who have a way of changing lives. I found it impossible not to think about the teachers who changed me. My best college teacher was Sid Wise, professor of government at Franklin and Marshall College. He was short, funny, brilliant and engaging. I had done well in high school without exerting myself, something teachers always pointed out to my parents: “Doesn’t work up to his potential.” I wrote my first blue book exam for Professor Wise with breezy self-confidence. My life changed when the tests were returned. Wise wrote: “Mr. Buchanan: Lincoln said, ‘You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool me at all.’ D-.”


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