How is history made? How do we teach history? Who do we teach our students about? Do we teach about the small town boy who went to university, graduated in business, and died the CEO of his father's advertising business? Unfortunately for that small town boy, no. Do we teach about adopted sons who dropped out of college, invented something in his friends garage, was fired from his own company, created art, and died one of the most influential people of the 20th/21st centuries? Yes.
If I could teach one thing to my students it will be to be extraordinary. Go against the grain. Forget about those who shun you and call you names. They don't understand brilliance when they see it. Change the world. Do something we least expect.
This advice seems so simple, yet so hard when the world is against you. Teachers, parents, community: tell the children about the crazy ones who changed the world, and maybe one will be born.
In honor of one of the crazy ones:
Donald Hall (1928-2018)
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