How many times in my thirty-four years of teaching did I set a child on the road to reading and all the world by beginning with the ABC's?
How many times did I challenge an angry adolescent with Emerson and Thoreau? Or introduce a dreamy-eyed poet to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam?
How many times did I recite the six-times table? And explain the glory and the mystery of x and n?
These were the joys of a one-room schoolhouse.