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The first lesson I learned in school was about authority. I learned that you did not question it. My parents were the type of parents that were always on the side of the school. They had a sort of conflicted relationship with public schools because they both had a difficult time in school. On the one hand, they recognized that the people in school were professionals and were there to teach me. They had a lot of trust in my individual teachers and always believed what they said. If I went home and said, “Mrs. Kershaw smacked my had with a ruler today!” they would ask me, “Well, what did you do?” They never questioned a teacher’s authority to discipline or teach me, so this taught me to listen and obey my teachers.