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It was the middle of my first year as a 3rd-4th grade teacher at a private school east of Seattle - the 1973-74 school year. I learned a life-long lesson from the principal that January. A boy who had left our school after a colorful career in third grade was coming back for the second semester of 4th grade and would be assigned to my class. Having heard an undercurrent of chatter about a possible problem boy, I went to the principal to ask him about the returning student. "I'm not going to tell you anyting about him, because everyone deserves a second chance. It will be better for him to enter your classroom with a clean slate." OK, fine. The boy and I had no problems and he went on to do well in school. I still have the mug the boy gave me at the end of the school year. I call it my "second chance cup." The experience has been repeating itself in my mind ever since the Philadelphia Eagles hired the quarter back from prison, giving him a second chance. I applaud the Eagles for hiring Michael Vick. I wish I could meet my former student again.
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