Jesse Stuart lesson: Good teaching builds character, changes lives

"As a teacher, I am always excited to read an inspiring book about the profession. Recently, I discovered “The Thread That Runs So True,” an autobiographical story written in 1949 by Jesse Stuart, who was a teacher, principal and superintendent in rural Kentucky in the 1940s and ’50s.

While it makes for fascinating reading, what struck me most were Stuart’s views on the teaching profession. He believed that the most important job of schools is to promote character development.

With today’s focus on preparing students to land high-paying jobs after graduation, I wondered if we still place a value on character development."


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