I was driving down from Boston to New York City with Dick Magidoff, a friend who teaches at a suburban high school near Boston. He was obviously excited as he told me about an idea he'd been exploring with a group of his students. How he or any one else could get excited about anything that was happening in high school took getting used to. I could only think back to my own high school days as something I had to suffer through. But as he went on and got caught up in his enthusiasm, some things troubling me about my own work began to take on a new perspective.

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