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Watching all the teachers at my school labor over their final grades and agonize over their students’ performance, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes of all time, from Tracy Kidder’s Among Schoolchildren:

“Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years, they redirect hundreds of lives. Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done.”