The Lessons

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L: A young girl acting in a play stands between some trees in the woods and smiles away from the camera. 
Text reads “One good teacher can change a child’s life.”
R: A profile shot of Albert Cullum facing and looking left, with a pencil in his hand.

In the 1960s, Albert Cullum eschewed Dick and Jane for Shakespeare and Sophocles in his elementary school classroom, where students swam down the Mississippi River and hurled themselves from the walls of Troy—all without leaving school grounds. 

This portrait of one of America’s most influential educators shows how Cullum ignited the imagination of a generation of children, teaching them how to find their own inner greatness.
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