The most important things we teachers (at any level, in any circumstance) ever teach are these: you are a human being of incalculable value; you are, as well, a work-in-progress making your wobbly way through a living, cascading history in-the-making; you need no one’s permission to interrogate your world. We ask the fundamental questions again and again: who am I? How did I get here and where am I headed? What’s my story and how shall I join with others to write the next chapter? The answers send all of us spinning off into projects of production and repair.

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