In the back of the classroom where the real people sit, ideas are challenged, new ways are invented, and all without the help of the intelligentsia or the snobbishness that it often breeds. The best hours spent in a school have nothing to with any common core subjects or any words from teachers who count the minutes until they can leave. Bonds are formed, lives change, and bridges are crossed together. Lao-Tzu is said to have been a scholar but obviously he took a break from the Chinese classics to observe the world around him. If you have your head in a book all the time, you don’t have your head in the Dao.