The trouble with school (in most cases--thankfully, not all!) is that so much emphasis is placed on following instructions that one never is encouraged to think for oneself.
I was fortunate to grow up during the last years of the John Dewey movement of progressive education.  The teachers in the Chicago public schools I attended were highly motivated and fascinated by their work, i.e., by the developing minds of the children they taught.  
Now I know young, highly motivated teachers who are having to quit their jobs in public schools because they can no longer teach the joy of learning --  I am talking about first and second grade music classes where it might be said the joy matters most.
 


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