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March 13, 2013

One for the history books

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s second annual Teach-In this week was literally one for the history books. Six nationally known scholars and teachers shared their expertise with students, alumni and guests at seven well-attended sessions Monday.

President David L. Boren said the event was a time for realizing the great transformation of society.

“It’s given all of us a chance to think about the challenges we face today,” Mr. Boren said.

The event’s theme was the Great Depression and World War II, but it emphasized the value of learning and great teachers. Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian David McCullough spoke of President Harry Truman’s high school English and history teachers and the expectations and love of learning instilled at an early age.

McCullough said teachers who have passion and enthusiasm for their discipline should be revered.

“Leadership is teaching to a certain degree,” he said.

McCullough, who has sold nine million books, was put on notice that next year’s Teach-In will be on the Civil War. Boren called McCullough America’s teacher.

“We thank you for all you have done to become America’s teacher,” Mr. Boren said.

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