They Ask Me Why I Teach


Glennice L Harmon captured the traditional optimism and satisfaction of teachers in her poem titled “They Asked Me Why I Teach.” Teachers and student teachers have recited and in other ways referred to these choices over the decades since its publication in 1948. It seemed an appropriate addition for Related Reading on the title page of Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV)…

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for