For my teacher friends.

I was never one to to excel at “regular” school. My test scores were always at the top, and my daily work was almost always excellent – when I did it. But I found it more interesting to do my own thing, to follow my own interests, which usually included asking lots of questions, research and reading, and talking with the teachers themselves, who usually had far more interesting experiences to teach than the ones found in our lessons. I often thought I would have done better in high school if I’d been able to sit down and talk with my teacher over coffee instead of at a desk struggling to stay awake.

It’s a rough business, education.

Bill Harris is a regular Joe with above average insight into every day things, especially sports and raising his son. Today he touched on a statement made by Mr. Rogers, which he ties into coaching in sports. I wanted to drop this here because I’ve felt this way since I was probably 10 or so. Discipline is not tearing somebody down, it’s not riding their ass until you make them quit or cry. It’s not about winning, losing, or whether you get a participation ribbon or not. We put coaches and sports on pedestals and to be honest, most of the time, I find them wanting. Very wanting.

Although he was not the only one, a good friend and teacher, Kent Doc Haralson, had much to teach me on the subject of character and character building. He did so during his martial arts classes, his sermons and his friendship. He always led(leads) by example. He certainly wore us down and built us up, but never did he do so through the assault of ourselves or our self-worth.