Copyright © 1997, Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 07:23:21 -0400 (EDT)
I don't think, I know, I will never forget the time you slapped me hard when I came to you arrograntly complaining to you about my other triad members and told you they were impossible and that I didn't want to rely upon someone else for my grade and liked to work alone and I didn't want my 4.0 to be hurt. You only asked me what my major was which you already knew. When I told you that I was a management major about to graduate with honors, all you said was, "well, start managing," and you walked away. Remember? I was pissed and called my father. He told me that being in business was not a grade or a degree, and that I better start listening to you. Boy was I pissed at him, too.
But, I have to admit now that I never had a class that did so much for me in one quarter. And, I know I'm not the only one. It would have been easier to have taken a class when I could sit back as usual, take notes, study for an exam and get a good grade,forget the stuff, and go out for a beer, but it would not have been better. Your class was fun, but you never demanded anything less than our best, and I thought it would be easy what with no tests and all, but I never worked as hard in a class. You're doing what none of my business profs had the guts to do. You've challenged us and yourself; you stepped outside the lines and made us do the same. Businessmen that don't have to guts to do that get passed by. This was a history class, and I learned a hell of a lot of history, but it was also a class in life, and I'm going to take into my dad's business a lot of what I learned in this class. My grade for you is a "B" for "bringing it home."
Time and time again, I have found that my strong and unswerving beliefs in, caring about, and high expectation of both myself and each student have yanked me outside of the limits of my view of teaching and so many students' view of education, have stirred new passions in both of us, have offered us up new adventures, have handed us challenges to take risks, have led us into doing new and exciting things, have given me new and exciting ways of seeing and hearing those unnoticed people whom we pass by in both the hallways and classes and who pass themselves by everyday, and have taken us to new places in old classrooms. In these new places, stagnation and boredom and routine are forebidden. "Can't" is the worst of the curse words; "don't and "won't" are the greatest of sins. There the ghost of King Midas is running around touching so many students, slowly and painfully turning supposed waste into value, shadows into light, accursedness into sacredness. Everyday people turn into the extraordinary, the salt of the earth, hope of the world, glistening light of the future; their everyday sounds turn into music, their everyday items into sculpture, their everyday images into art, their everyday activities into invention, their everyday actions in heroic efforts, their everyday words into literature, their everyday struggles into achievement and growth.
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier (912-333-5947) firstname.lastname@example.org Department of History /~\ /\ /\ Valdosta State University /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ Valdosta, Georgia 31698 / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____
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