In 1973, I knew everything. I was a few months shy of 11 years old when the above picture was taken.
Let me share some memories from this 5th grade class of the Washington Elementary School, West Virginia to draw out some important lessons. Miss Chrissman and Mrs. Brown (my other teacher that year) encouraged us to read and dream big dreams. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s our school did not have a big library (just a few shelves in the common room which was also the cafeteria and place where we watched the space launches) but Mrs. Brown encouraged us to read and read and read. She would say “The road to knowledge begins with the turn of a page.”