Reflections of an Octogenarian III: My Students, My Loves -- A Visual Tribute

February 9, 2015 1:41 PM

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We speak of the impact teachers have on their students. This post is how students affect the life of their teachers. Memories of my students have been an ongoing source of comfort, meaning, and inspiration for me during my lifetime. I celebrate them now by sharing their images with you. It seemed especially appropriate during Black History month and a time when we treat students of color as commodities and actively engage in their warehousing in places we call schools. I do so in hope that this gesture might serve as a reminder of their individuality, the unique rhythm of their soul, and the complex poetry in their heart.

One brief note: There are certain events in a person's life which are never forgotten. Such a happening was the Yale Summer High School, 1968, of which I was the Director. It was a unique program, bringing together talented disadvantaged kids from all over the country for a summer of study on the ca...

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