The hidden curriculum … is the teacher’s own integrity andlived conviction … It is the message which is written in ateacher’s eyes throughout the course of his or her career. It isthe lesson which endures a lifetime.

Jonathan Kozol

You wouldn’t be reading this book today had it not been for the teacher who changed my life. As a youngster I was never a star student, though I always had a book in hand, often reading at night with a flashlight under the covers or hiding in the closet to finish a story long after my parents thought I was asleep. While I loved to read, school was often a struggle for me and I had little confidence in my own abilities. It was in graduate school that a single teacher, Dr. Bill Friedman, ...

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