I'm participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE -- if you want to join in.
C is for (The) Changing of the Guard
Professor Ellis Fowler(Donald Henry Pleasence), an elderly English literature teacher at Rock Spring School for Boys, learns that after 50 years of teaching he is being forced into retirement. Looking through his old yearbooks and reminiscing about his former students, one of which is the grandson of a former student, he becomes convinced that all of his lessons have been in vain and that he has accomplished nothing with his life. Despondent, he returns home prepared to end it all. Before he can take action, he is visited by some very special students from the past who give him reasons to reconsider his plans. Watch it here.
Musings: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry Adams. As a (former) teacher this episode speaks volumes to me. Not that I want to see the ghosts of my former students, but how wonderful it would be to know the effect I had on them... how wonderful it would be for all teachers to know this. For most teaching is an act of love-- the pay is bad, the 'atta boys are few, and your career often ends with very little pomp and circumstance. Yet most of us can remember a teacher who changed our lives (hopefully for the good) forever. I hope that one day, like Professor Ellis, all teachers can discover how they affected eternity.
Were you fortunate enough to have a teacher affect your eternity? If so, who and how?