The Henry Brooks Adams quote that “a teacher affects eternity” is certainly true in Stephon Alexander’s case. I really enjoyed his films and they reinforced my view that teachers can have a huge and profound effect on people’s lives.
H.B. Adams was right. We have all gone through some sort of educational system and along the way most of us have met bad teachers and average teachers and hopefully some good and great teachers. That is so important; especially for subjects such as the sciences. These are subjects in which sometimes dry and (dare I say it) boring topics need to be communicated to students. It can often be a struggle just to teach the information. But to excite and enthuse students about these subjects is the sign of a great teacher.
Throwing a ball up in the air (as one of Stephon’s teachers does in “A Real-Life Superhero”) is a deceptively simple act, but it may be all that is required to get the ball rolling on many scientific careers.