“Mr. Quallon the banker kept a generous house.”
--George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
Mr. Quallon kept a generous house in part because he was wealthy, and I hope that, even in my necessarily tightfisted school, I can keep a generous classroom. To me, that would mean a kind and big-hearted classroom, one that benevolently welcomes all kinds of kids and ideas. It would mean a charitable classroom, where the students and teacher are as interested in giving as in getting, as willing to distribute as to receive. It would mean, too, an abundant classroom, containing more than enough support and payoffs for everyone, enough honors for one and all to make students and teacher perhaps actually take sincere pleasure in their stay there, perhaps even think of it as a satisfying place for a stopover each day.